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Meteorology and Hydrology services vita to climate action

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/08/2019

Tongan environmental scientist – Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua has emphasized the importance of the meteorology and hydrology, especially now with climate change having serious impacts on Tonga and the Pacific.

The Pacific Meteorology Council – PMC last week recognized Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua’s contributions in this field not only in Tonga but around the region, and recently on the international scene as well.

She was presented a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural PMC Awards during the 5th PMC meeting, in Apia, Samoa.

In an interview with Radio & Television Tonga this morning, Dr. Netatua says this award from the PMC is a reflection of the progress of the meteorology and hydrology fields not only in her work, but in Tonga and around the Pacific as well. However Dr. Netatua believes one of the biggest challenges for the meteorological and hydrological services is the lack of proper resources to raise the standard and quality of their work but the Pacific Meteorological stations have managed to carry out their duties well.

Meteorological and Hydrological services are also important to the discussions regarding climate change in which Dr. Netatua believes these services must be strengthened in order to build a more resilient Tonga.

Dr. Netatua Pelesikoti Taufatofua is also one of an elite group of 15 experts who make up the World Meteorological Organisations Scientific Advisory Panel, which she believes is a great opportunity to include a Pacific voice at international discussions regarding action against climate change.

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