Understanding seasonality, climate variability and climate change in the Pacific is complex. For many communities in the Pacific, ‘weather’, seasonality, climate variability, extreme climate events and climate change are words and concepts that are not well understood nor easily communicated.
For most Pacific Island communities, seasonality is understood in terms of the time of year when terrestrial and marine resources are harvested or when cultural festivities and activities are celebrated and carried out. Often recognition of seasonality and the timing as determined by
The work undertaken by Pacific Meteorological Services from five countries in the Pacific (Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), has shown that Seasonal Calendars can be used to define and explain how seasons, climate change and climate variability work. This process ensured that potentially complex scientific information and data were easily understood by communities.