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RSMC Nadi Activity Report. RSMC Technical Coordination Meeting 26 th – 29 th November 2002, Nadi Fiji. SW Pacific. RSMC Nadi AOR. Vision. To be a regional leader in meteorological science and expertise, and in the provision of quality weather and climate services . Mission.

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rsmc nadi activity report
RSMC Nadi Activity Report

RSMC Technical Coordination Meeting 26th – 29th November 2002, Nadi Fiji

vision
Vision

To be a regional leader in meteorological science and expertise, and in the provision of quality weather and climate services.

mission
Mission
  • To provide meteorological expertise and professional services in support of Fiji’s economic development, and for the safety and benefit of the community.
  • To deliver quality forecast, warning and advisory services to the South Pacific Island Nations and Territories falling within FMS’s area of responsibility.
objectives
Objectives
  • to satisfy Fiji’s need for supply of weather and climatological data, archive and analyse this data, and based on this, issue forecasts, warnings and other information as required;
  • to function as a RSMC for tropical cyclones in the Southwest Pacific under the WWW Programme of WMO.
  • to monitor the climate of Fiji and advise on any changes due to global warming and other factors;
  • to provide public/marine forecast and warning services for other South Pacific Island States as agreed;
  • to provide marine and aviation forecast and warning services as per international agreement; and
organisation resources
Organisation & Resources

FMS has 2 main output Divisions :

  • Forecast Services and
  • Climate Services.

There are 6 support Divisions :

  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Technical Systems
  • Reporting & Facilities
  • Services Development
  • Finance and
  • Administration.
weather forecasting centre
Weather Forecasting Centre
  • Incorporates….
  • National Weather Forecasting and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre.
  • Regional Forecast Centre.
  • Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Nadi – Tropical Cyclone Centre.
public and marine services
Public and Marine Services
  • Public and Marine for Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Nauru and Wallis & Futuna.
  • Special Advisory Services for Vanuatu and Samoa.
  • TD Summaries to all NMSs in the region and beyond (RSMC function).
  • International marine forecasts and warnings for area from Eqtr to 25ºS between 160 º E to 120 º W.
aviation services
Aviation Services
  • Forecasts and warnings within Nadi FIR (TAFs, ARFORs, ROFORs and SIGMETs).
  • In addition, TAFs and ARFORs for , Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Cooks (Auckland Oceanic) plus TAFs only for Christmas island (US-controlled).
  • TC Advisories for International Air Navigation in area Eqtr to 40ºS bet 160ºE and 120ºW.
tropical cyclone services
Tropical Cyclone Services
  • Forecasts, Warnings and Advisory Services forFiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Nauru and Wallis & Futuna.
  • Special Advisory Services for Vanuatu and Samoa.
  • TD Advisories/Summaries to all NMSs in the region and beyond.
  • International marine warnings for area from Eqtr to 25ºS between 160 º E to 120 º W.
  • CREX to NWP Centres
plans
Plans
  • AIFS TC Module to be integrated into FIMS
  • Storm Surge Model
  • Collaboration with Climate Services on seasonal TC activity predictions
  • Partnership with Hydrology Division on comprehensive flood warning system for Fiji
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HRD
  • WMO SH TC Course and PWS Workshops – 2000 & 2002
  • TC Simulation Exercise/Workshop - 2000
  • Mentor Training – 2001
  • 2-month Internships – Honolulu FO - 2001
  • Locally conducted courses for Classes 3 and 4 Mets – in collaboration with WMO and JICA
  • Exchange/attachments with other RSMCs/TCWCs
challenges
Challenges
  • Professional staff retention.
  • Automation.
  • Government policies.
  • Un-interrupted geostationary satellite coverage.
  • Commercial services.
  • Research.
future plans
Future Plans
  • Access and utilise data from new platforms

- in collaboration with the international research community (eg NRL, CIMSS, NOAA) on data retrieval and use.

  • Exchange with RSMCs and TCWCs on expertise, tools and techniques