The 4th Pacific Island Marine & Oceans Services Panel Meeting commences in Nuku’alofa

The 4th Pacific Island Marine & Oceans Services (PIMOS) Panel Meeting commences today in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

The PIMOS Panel was established in 2015 to serve in the capacity of an advisory committee to the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) on marine and ocean services matters in the Pacific region.

According to the Terms of Reference, the PIMOS Panel aims to provide technical advice with an emphasis on oceanography and marine meteorology, to strengthen coastal multi-hazard early warning systems (Coastal MHEWS), national preparedness and maritime safety support mechanisms at the national and regional level, as prescribed in the Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy and other international and regional frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the S.A.M.O.A Pathway.

The first PIMOS Panel meeting was held at the in Nadi Fiji and the second meeting was held at the IRD Campus in Noumea, New Caledonia in conjunction with the Second Pacific Islands Training Workshop on Ocean Observations and Data Applications.

PIMOS Panel Priorities

  • Inundation and Coastal Hazard
  • Maritime Safety
  • Observations and Data Management
  • Communications and Capacity Development

Future Plans (pending PMC-4 approval)

  • Develop a Roadmap for Marine and Ocean Services
  • Form working groups focused on inundation, maritime safety, observations, and communications and capacity building to discuss key gaps and propose actions moving forward