3 Mar 2014

Scientist looks to ancient methods of forecasting in Pacific

7:47 am on 3 March 2014

A scientist in Australia is working to collate ancient methods of weather prediction in the Pacific, saying that data could help improve contemporary forecasting tools.

Roan Plotz, who is a traditional knowledge scientist at the bureau of meterology in Melbourne, says traditional methods include observing animals, plants and atmospheric conditions.

Mr Plotz, who is working with Pacific meteorological services, says the aim of the study is to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science.

"What we are trying to do is to be able to integrate the two systems in terms of the indigenous knowledge or traditional knowledge with an actual scientific statistical forecast. We need to understand how relevant or how true that is."

Roan Plotz also says the project will help record important cultural knowledge that might otherwise be lost.