La vague parfaite, paradis du surfeur, inonde les villages du littoral

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La vague parfaite, paradis du surfeur, inonde les villages du littoral - Le Pacifique est en proie à de graves intempéries. Ces dernières semaines, les fortes tempêtes et les cyclones qui ont touché la région ont fait déferler d’immenses vagues sur l’océan Pacifique. Un temps parfait pour les surfeurs, qui se sont rués sur les plages. Ces vagues monstres ont toutefois semé la désolation et provoqué des inondations sur le littoral. Pour faciliter la préparation des communautés et l’évacuation des zones à haut risque, l’équipe de la CPS collabore avec les pays océaniens et les partenaires pour mettre au point un système de prévision de la houle et des vagues-submersions.

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The perfect wave for surfers floods low-lying communities

The Pacific region in recent weeks has been hit by severe weather. Large storms and cyclones have whipped up large waves that have ricocheted across the Pacific Ocean.

This weather has been prefect for surfers with many rushing to catch the perfect wave. However, coastal communities bore the brunt of these ‘monster’ waves which brought flooding and destruction.

This flooding caused by the sea are a reality for many parts of the Pacific region. 95% of people live within five kilometres of the coastline so ensuring communities understand when and where these waves will hit is critical for the lives and livelihoods of Pacific people.

To ensure communities are able to prepare and evacuate from high-risk areas our team here at SPC have worked alongside Pacific governments and partners to develop a wave and inundation forecast system.

The information generated is used to predict coastal flooding and support impact-based forecasting. These forecasts help the Fiji Meteorological Services to predict coastal flooding a week before they hit.

The new wave forecast system is being rolled out across Tuvalu, Kiribati, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Cook Islands and Niue over the coming years. We Can’t Stop the waves from affecting communities, but we can ensure they know the waves are coming and be better prepared.

This work is a long-term partnership between SPC, Pacific Island Countries and our partners including the World Metrological Organisation (WMO), the German Government’s Development Bank (KfW), Korean Government, and the World Bank and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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