Flood forecasting a cyclone game-changer for Fiji

Flood forecasting a cyclone game-changer for Fiji
Photo: Flooding in Tonga following Cyclone Gita in February 2018.

Meteorologists predict some 12 destructive tropical cyclones will strike some of the Pacific’s most vulnerable nations in the 2019/2020 season - with one or even two expected to hit Fiji. But Fiji Met’s new coastal inundation forecasting (CIF) stands to be a lifesaver. 

Tonkin + Taylor International is proud to have been part of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFDP), jointly coordinated by the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) and the WMO’s Commission for Hydrology (CHy). The ground-breaking project has developed and implemented a Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) that delivers an integrated approach to forecasting, monitoring and warning for coastal flooding, no matter what the cause - river or ocean.

Fiji Met will partner with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and T+TI to predict coastal and river flooding, delivering early warnings to at-risk communities and using real-time data to deliver critical updates aimed at saving more lives and livelihoods, while reducing property damage.

The innovative CIFDP approach is unique, for the first time bringing together the hydrological, oceanographic and meteorological communities to develop enhanced capability for accessible, understandable and actionable warnings.