Misaeli Funaki is the Director of the Fiji Meteorological Service and he is always looking for innovative ways to predict what the ocean will do next. His work and that of his team is critical to saving lives and helping Pacific communities prepare for an uncertain future.

Working with the World Meteorological Organization and the Pacific Community, they have developed a wave forecast model providing clear forecasts of large swell impacts on the Coral Coast more than a week in advance. It’s entirely new and it means impact-based warnings to communities and hoteliers when there is the risk of large waves coming over the coastline.

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