Tide Prediction Calendars for 25 Pacific locations were distributed this week to National Meteorological Services and ocean stakeholders around the region.
The annual tide prediction calendars are a popular product of the Australian-funded Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) and are designed and produced in the region by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.
The 2023 calendars focuses on Women in Ocean with cover photos from locations featuring women in ocean related activities.
“Tide Calendar is a popular product which has a very wide audience. We decided to incorporate themes in the calendar so it can be used as a vehicle to raise awareness on issues and communicate information that is of importance to our communities. The theme for the 2023 calendars is in recognition of the important role women play in ocean related activities that contributes to livelihood, economic empowerment and in a professional capacity as well,” said Zulfikar Begg, COSPPac coordinator at SPC.
“We have included a Fact Sheet with information and statistics such as women employed in the maritime sector, the contribution of women to the fisheries sector in the Pacific as well as opportunities through the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development,” he adds.
Contributors to photos have shared images ranging from regional collaboration to building capacity amongst women farming winged pearl oysters, to using traditional knowledge to catch seafood for daily needs, or showcasing women working in the ocean sector
Pacific National Meteorological Services are one of the main users of the tide calendars. The Fiji Meteorological Service uses it in the operational room especially during extreme events such as damaging swells, storm surges and flooding.
“We know exactly when is the onset of these extreme events and if it coincides with the highest tide the impacts are exacerbated in this case. If it’s the lowest tide then we know the impact won’t be as bad as when it’s high tide.” said Acting Director of Fiji Meteorological Service, Terry Atalifo.
This year, a new location was added to the list of tide calendars with Penrhyn in the Cook Islands.
Calendar predictions are calculated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Tidal Unit with information from the Pacific Sea Level and Geodetic Monitoring stations and a number of additional tide gauges around the region.
2023 Tide Prediction Calendars are available for the following locations: Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Penrhyn, Cook Islands; Pohnpei Harbor, Federated States of Micronesia; Lautoka, Fiji; Suva, Fiji; Betio, Kiribati; Kanton, Kiribati; Kiritimati, Kiribati; Majuro, Marshall Islands; Ebeye, Marshall Islands; Aiwo, Nauru; Alofi, Niue; Malakal, Palau; Lombrum, Papua New Guinea; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Apia, Samoa; Honiara Solomon Islands; Lata, Solomon Islands; Tarekukure, Solomon Islands; Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Neiafu, Tonga; Funafuti, Tuvalu; Vaitupu, Tuvalu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Luganville, Vanuatu.
SPC has also developed an app, Pacific Tides App which have these tide predictions and can be used offline once a location has been selected and data has been downloaded. Pacific Tide App works for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded from the relevant app store: http://services.gsd.spc.int:8080/pacifictides/.
Merana Kitione, Capacity Development & Communications Officer, Pacific Community (SPC), Geosciences, Energy and Maritime (GEM) Division | meranakspc.int
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