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The use of Copernicus Marine Service products to describe the state of the Tropical Western Pacific Ocean around the Islands: a case study

Holland, Elisabeth A. and von Schuckmann, Karina and Monier, Maeva and Legeais, Jean-François and Prado, Silvia and Sathyendranath, Shubha and Dupouy, Cecile (2019) The use of Copernicus Marine Service products to describe the state of the Tropical Western Pacific Ocean around the Islands: a case study. Taylor & Francis.

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Fiji served as President of the UN General Assembly in 2017, linking climate (SDG13) and ocean (SDG14) as the foundation of blue economies for island and coastal states around the world. The resulting United Nations Oceans outcome statement stressed “the importance of enhancing understanding of the health and role of our ocean and the stressors on its ecosystems, including through assessments on the state of the ocean, based on science and on traditional knowledge systems. We also stress the need to further increase marine scientific research to inform and support decision-making, and to promote knowledge hubs and networks to enhance the sharing of scientific data, best practices and ‘know-how.’” (UN, 2017). The Copernicus Marine Service Atlas for the Pacific Ocean States goes beyond the unique compilation of CMIP3 climate model projections and data tools compiled by the Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP, 2011, 2014). A complete overview of tropical Pacific observing network is available in the WMO publication library (GCOS, 2014a, 2014b). Our study focuses on the application of the available CMEMS products to the Pacific domain defined by PCCSP. As president of COP23, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has emphasized the importance of the climate and ocean connection and the need to protect ocean health to protect the planet: ‘We are all in the same canoe’ ( The Copernicus Marine Service Atlas for Pacific Ocean States compiled by the author team responds directly to Fiji’s requests at the 2017 United Nation Oceans for SDG 14, life below water and the 2017 COP23 for SDG13, climate action which goes beyond the Pacific.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Special Issue: Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report, Issue 3
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Depositing User: Linda Yuen
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 23:53
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 02:19

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