About

The Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System (PI-GOOS) Regional Alliance is a recognised GRA that aims to raise the awareness of, and support for, ocean observing systems in the Pacific Islands region, as well as to identify and address gaps in the Pacific Ocean observing network. It was established with the support of the IOC PPO in 1998 and covers the 26 nations that are members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It is run by a full-time PI-GOOS Coordinator based at SPREP in Samoa.

The primary components of the observing network in the PI-GOOS region include Argo floats, the TAO-TRITON array of moored buoys, satellites and tide gauges.

PI-GOOS activities are overseen by an Advisory Committee comprising of donors and partners from across the Pacific region. The Advisory Committee meets once a year. The IOC PPO is a member of the PI-GOOS Advisory Committee and has an established role in the provision of strategic direction and funding support to operationalise PI-GOOS activities. 

For more information on PI-GOOS, please visit the PI-GOOS website.


SEREAD

One of the supported programs of PI-GOOS is SEREAD (Scientific Educational Resources and Experience Associated with the Deployment of Argo profiling floats in the South Pacific Ocean). SEREAD teaches basic scientific ocean/climate fundamentals to teachers in a hands-on approach that uses existing examples, relevant to the country that the training is being undertaken in, that build upon student’s everyday observations and experiences. Through training teachers, the program aims to excite students and inspire them to study and understand the physical world around them and includes introductions to oceanographic, weather and climate change concepts.

Each year, educational professionals visit schools throughout the Pacific Islands to assist them in developing appropriate climate change material for their curriculum, and to run teacher training workshops to demonstrate teaching approaches using the often limited resources available to them.

The IOC PPO provides support and advocacy for SEREAD through membership on its Steering Committee, along-side experts from inside and outside of the Pacific Islands region (SPREP[1], Scripps Research Institute, NIWA[2] and SEREAD educational consultants).

 

For more information on SEREAD, please visit the SEREAD website.


[1] Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

[2] National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand