10th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography

Changing southern climates

Noumea, New-Caledonia, 23 - 27 april 2012

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The 10 th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography (23 - 27 April 2012, Nouméa, New Caledonia) will bring the best in weather, climate, water, ocean and polar science to Nouméa.

Scientists will present their latest work on a range of topics from earth system science to hydrological predictions to regional climate change studies, including unique Pacific based science research work. Several institutions and companies have decided to fund this international event. We wanted to present them to you: they all made this rendez-vous possible.


	The American Meteorological Society

The American Meteorological Society promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. Founded in 1919, AMS has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, students, and weather enthusiasts. AMS publishes 9 atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals, sponsors more than 12 conferences annually, and offers numerous programs and services.


Institut de recherche pour le développement

The IRD (Institute of Research for Development) is a unique institution in the landscape of European research for development. Its task is to conduct research for the South. Its researchers are working on issues of major global importance: global warming, emerging diseases, biodiversity, access to water, migration, poverty, world hunger. The teaching and training provided empowers and enables scientific communities from developing nations. In the Pacific region, the IRD Noumea Centre was implemented since 1946 and represents a key scientific partner for development. While answering to local requirements in New Caledonia, the Institute also targets international issues. The on-going projects at an international scale are the following:

These projects are conducted in strong partnership with universities and research organizations in Europe and the Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Countries and territories, United States, Japan, etc.). Further information on:



Météo-France, a public administration placed under the authority of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, is the French organisation responsible for supplying information nation-wide on the state of the atmosphere and the repercussions this may have on human life and property.

To meet these requirements, Météo-France:

  • manages observation networks
  • receives and processes information supplied by weather satellites.
  • analyses all the data and runs numerical prediction models,
  • transmits this information to the general public, to state services responsible for public safety and to institutional organisations in important economic sectors (aeronautics, agriculture, production and transport of energy, maritime activities, etc.).
  • archives the measurements thus gathered to meet the needs of climate studies.

Moreover, Météo-France plays an important role in atmospheric research thanks to its research service (the National Centre for Meteorological Research).


Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie

The collegial Caledonian Government is the executive body of the French sui generis community of New Caledonia. Its operating process and its attributions is born from the agreement of Noumea of 1998. Until now, the executive power was exercised mainly by the High commissioner of the French Republic in New Caledonia, delegated Government, representative of the French State in the Territory. Since the agreement of Noumea, the High commissioner is confined in his functions of representation of the French State and exercise of competences of this one. The current government, elected on June 10th, 2011, is chaired by Harold Martin.


Nothern Province

The Northern Province is one of the three provinces which constitute New Caledonia. It is managed by an elected assembly and having a competence in all the matters which are not reserved by the law in the State, New Caledonia or the municipalities. The Northern Province is largest of the three provinces: it covers a little more half of the total surface area of the country and includes 17 municipalities.



MetService is New Zealand's weather authority and operates as a commercially successful, international organisation with over 215 employees in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The global leader in local weather, MetService and its international brand MetraWeather deliver powerful weather intelligence to customers throughout the business spectrum, from small local businesses to large international organisations and in major market sectors such as energy, media, transport and retail. At the same time, our national weather services enhance public safety for outdoor activities.



The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is an independent Australian society that supports and fosters interest in meteorology, oceanography and other related sciences. This is done by providing a forum for people with a common interest, and by publishing relevant material. The Society helps all those with an interest in the environment including research workers and professionals, those whose work is affected by, and affects, the atmosphere and oceans, and those who simply want to keep up with new findings. It provides support and fosters interest in meteorology and oceanography through its publications, meetings, courses, grants and prizes, and represents the views of its members to Government, institutes and the public.


BOM     csiro     AusAID     DCCE

Pacific Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program (PACCSAP) scientists are working closely with partner countries to retrieve and analyze observed climate data to provide an accurate picture of past and current climate trends in partner countries, understanding the climate (investigating how features such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation affect partner countries and how this might change with future climate change, climate change projections (developing projections for what the climate in partner countries may look like around the years 2030, 2055 and 2090), oceans and sea-level rise (understanding how climate change is already affecting and will affect the oceans in areas such as sea-level rise and ocean acidification), and engagement and capacitybuilding (working closely with partner countries to deliver research findings in practical and relevant ways), found in www.cawcr.gov.au/projects/PCCSP/research.html. The PCCSP was managed by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, with strong support from AusAID and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The PCCSP has recently been superseded by the Pacific Australian Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (PACCSAP).



CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO's marine research - delivered through the Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship - focuses on understanding our oceans and their biodiversity, resources and relationships with the climate system. The Flagship delivers practical science that enables governments, industries and communities to make informed decisions about the sustainable management of marine and coastal resources. Taking a whole-of-system approach to marine science, the Flagship contributes to national and international challenges where oceans play a central role.



The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is an international organization that provides technical and policy advice and assistance, training and research services to its Pacific Island members. SPC works in a wide range of sectors with the aim of achieving three development outcomes – sustainable economic development, sustainable natural resource management and development, and sustainable human and social development.



The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most widely used services of the Australian government. The Bureau is also a leading provider of meteorological and oceanographic research.




Since its inception in 2001, the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) of the University of the South Pacific (USP) based in Suva, Fiji has been the forefront of a variety of Pacific environmental issues. It aims to be a center of excellence for teaching, training and research based capacity building for environment and sustainable development in the Pacific Island region, and has a mission of working with all other relevant sections of the University, regional and international organizations, regional governments and the civil society networks to promote environmentally friendly sustainable development through innovative and cost-effective approaches. PACE-SD has a core number of staff based in Fiji liaising with in-country coordinators based in 15 Pacific Island states across the region. Some current projects deal with fine tuning of climate models on a country / regional scale, community participation in adaptation to climate change, and the integration of traditional cultural knowledge in native forest conservation.



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INSU (National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy) is one of the 10 institutes of the largest french public research body, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). INSU was created in 1985, in order to elaborate, develop and coordinate research carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, in the fields of astronomy, earth, atmosphere, ocean and space science. The Ocean-Atmosphere domain at INSU includes more than 2000 scientists and engineers working in laboratories located in mainland France and some overseas territories.



Updated 08/24/2012

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American Meteorological Society Météo-France IRD