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ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE STAR* SESSION 2011

The 2011 STAR (SOPAC's Science, Technology and Resources Network) Conference will be held in Nadi, Fiji from October 16th to 22nd, preceding the First SOPAC/SPC Division Meeting chaired by the Government of the Cook Islands. The overall theme of the Conference will be “Adaption to Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Pacific Islands”. As part of the meeting, a one-day joint STAR-Circum Pacific Council session on Seabed Minerals will be held on Monday 17th.

As is usual, papers on any theme related to Pacific geoscience in the region are welcomed and will be included in the STAR Programme if possible. All delegates are invited to make STAR presentations and also to participate in the STAR Working Groups which allow discussion of specialist topics and issues important to the region. It is the responsibility of the STAR Chair to formally report to the SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting on the STAR presentations in so far as they indicate new science and technical directions or have implications for the work of the SOPAC Division.

Those delegates who wish to make a presentation should indicate their intention on the Registration Form. Details of STAR themes and guidelines and working groups for the submission of STAR abstracts are available as a separate circular from the Chair of STAR, John Collen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Abstracts should be sent by email in Word format to John Collen no later than 12th September 2011.

Space will be provided for poster displays, maps and other material relevant to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme. Slide and overhead projection facilities will be available for STAR presentations. Daily sessions will be held during the hours 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Time will be made available in the evenings for presentations that may be longer than can be fitted into the main programme, or are on topics not directly related to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme.

A STAR Abstracts volume will be provided to all delegates at the start of the meeting.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:49  

Newsflash

Monday 17 June 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with Geoscience Australia, has developed a computer model to help the Government of Tonga see what the impact of a tsunami would be on Tongatapu. Part of an AusAID funded project, the model makes use of high resolution data, the collection of which was made possible by Australia, the European Union, and the New Zealand Ocean Sciences Grant.

The new Tsunami Inundation Model shows that an 8.7 magnitude earthquake in the Tonga Trench would create a wave that would hit the eastern coast of Tongatapu within ten to twenty minutes, inundating most of Nuku’alofa.  Leveni ‘Aho, Director of Tonga’s National Disaster Management Office, says the new computer model has enabled the Government of Tonga to consider how the public would need to respond in a range of possible scenarios.

‘Nuku’alofa has, perhaps, the biggest urban population in the Pacific living in a very low-lying area. We can talk about Japan’s earthquakes but if we can present something that shows what is going to happen to us here at home, the message is much more effective.  For us, it’s an excellent opportunity to help communities to be aware of what could possibly come and what they will need to do if a significant event occurs,’ he says.

After the model was presented to the cabinet and the National Emergency Management Committee, the Hon. Prime Minister Lord Tuʻivakanō indicated that the government would need support to construct access ways to some parts of Nuku’alofa so that the local community can quickly get to safe areas.

Mr ‘Aho says the model is also helping the Government of Tonga to design emergency response measures and improve long-term urban planning for Nuku’alofa and its surrounding villages.‘The tsunami computer model given by SPC has provided the government with a wonderful tool to help us really understand the risks of different scenarios and to prepare in the best ways we can,’ he says.

Mosese Sikivou, Deputy Director of SPC’s Disaster Reduction Programme, says this project is part of SPC’s assistance to Tonga in connection with its Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, approved by Cabinet in July 2010. The work to develop the model is part of an integrated approach that SPC and other partners are taking right across the Pacific to try and maximise scarce resources and minimise duplication of effort and potential conflict in policy development.