About the Mission
This was the first of a series of overseas trips, or “missions”, around the South Pacific. I was working for the Bureau of Meteorology at the time, on a project known as the WMO Information System or WIS. Our job was maintaining a catalogue of weather information that was being exchanged among the world’s met services. The larger met services were tasked with making sure that countries within a particular region were able to participate in the program, and the Bureau was largely responsible for the South Pacific, or the so called Region 5 (RA-V).
Part of this outreach called for a site visit, to ensure that the national met services were taught how to use the catalogue to gather and publish information that other met services may be interested in.