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New agreement to bolster oceanographic capacity in the Pacific

The Pacific Community (SPC) and the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM) signed a memorandum of understanding today covering a broad range of topics, including marine flood and tsunami forecasting and warning, sustainable ocean management, safety of navigation, data acquisition to describe the seabed and water column, and ocean modelling.

SPC, through its Geoscience, Energy and Maritime division and the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science (PCCOS), share expertise with SHOM and have common concerns and objectives, particularly with regards to ensuring the use of the best available data and expertise for decision-makers in the Pacific region.

“When I look at what SPC does on ocean science, like data collection using satellite imagery, LIDAR data or hydrographic surveying, ocean modelling or sea-level monitoring, there is so much we do in common. This agreement will put collaboration into practice,” said Laurent Kerléguer, Director-General of SHOM.

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