Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Climate Change - A Pacific Islands perspective

31 March 2011 - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 

Representatives from 14 Pacific island countries and East Timor will attend the GREENHOUSE 2011 conference in Cairns next week to discuss regional and global climate change issues with some of the world’s leading experts.

Drawn mainly from their nations’ meteorological services, the region’s delegates will attend the conference as part of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP).

The PCCSP is a component of the Australian Government’s International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, which is helping vulnerable developing countries meet high priority climate change adaptation needs.

“The PCCSP will provide scientific information to help decision-makers in the Pacific and East Timor better understand how their climate and oceans have changed and how they may change in the future,” says PCCSP Manager, Dr Gillian Cambers.

“This ‘underpinning’ science will then be used to support future adaptation decisions.”

Dr Cambers will present a keynote address on the final day of the conference (Friday, 8 April) entitled; Advancing climate change science in small tropical island nations – challenges and risks.

The Programme Manager, Pacific Futures, for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, will discuss the role of climate science in informing climate change adaptation and disaster risk management decisions.

Each of the 15 nations will present research about their current climate at the conference.

The PCCSP is being implemented by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO through their partnership in the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research.

Media are invited to attend:

What:                         Australia’s premier climate change conference – GREENHOUSE 2011

When:                        4 - 8 April, 2011

Where:                      Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland

The above photo was sourced from the CSIRO social network page within the photo album.  

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