Pacific Islands Global Climate Observation System (PI-GCOS)

  • Cook Islands,
  • Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),
  • Fiji,
  • French Polynesia,
  • Kiribati,
  • Nauru,
  • Niue,
  • Papua New Guinea (PNG),
  • Republic of Marshall Islands,
  • Samoa,
  • Solomon Islands,
  • Tokelau,
  • Vanuatu,
  • Pacific

ENTRY DATE: 09.03.2012 | LAST UPDATE: 09.03.2012


  • Sub-regional Level



  • Capacity Building
  • Research and Development


  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management


Description of Intervention

The Pacific Islands-Global Climate Observing System (PI-GCOS) programme started in Apia, Samoa, in 2000 as a result of the first regional Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) workshop organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the international GCOS Secretariat. It is a sub-programme of the GCOS aimed specifically at meeting the observing needs of Pacific Islands.

Problems to be Addressed

One of the issues that was identified early during the consultation among PI-GCOS collaborating partners is the need to build capacity of individual Pacific Islands NMHS if the goals of the PI-GCOS Action Plan are to be met. The first step in this direction was the establishment of the RC with the majority of its members being representatives of Pacific Islands NMHS. This is a reflection of the realisation that the PI-GCOS can be successful only if it is owned and primarily driven by the Pacific people themselves, as they will ultimately benefit from the programme.


Establish a robust and sustainable Pacific Islands climate observing system that meets long-term climate observation needs in the region and the world, in line with the PI-GCOS Action Plan and the PIGCOS Implementation Plan.


The objective is to develop capacity for application of climate information to cope with climate variability and change: