1 Dec 2011

New online tool helps Pacific Islands deal with climate change

7:05 am on 1 December 2011

Fifteen Pacific Island countries have a new web-based tool to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.

Pacific Climate Futures has been developed by scientists who have been researching the region's climate past and projecting its future for the Australian government funded Pacific Climate Change Science Programme.

Principal research scientist Kevin Hennessy says users can explore future temperature, rainfall, wind, sunshine and humidity under three greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.

"We work very closely with people from for example the national met services or departments of environment or some of the private consultants to show them how they can use this tool to provide regional information about projected climate change that can then in turn be used in risk assessments that inform adaptation."

Principal research scientist Kevin Hennessy.