CLIMATE service is an important tool people in the Pacific region must use in order to better understand climate conditions in the region.
This was highlighted during the Pacific Island Climate Service workshop at the Japan-Pacific ICT centre in USP yesterday.
US Embassy regional environmental officer Doctor Norman Barth said climate services were advanced information on climate for the next two, three to four months and was an extremely useful expanded weather forecast.
Dr Barth said in the Pacific, climate services were not being used much but it had tremendous potential.
"The rest of the world is using them and there is great knowledge out there about how to use them and what they can bring to the people," Dr Barth said.
"We are raising the level of awareness on climate services with this forum and we are helping people in the pacific in realising that there is information out there available to them regarding climate," he said.
Dr Barth said climate services could help farmers decide on what they were going to plant this year and it could help the disaster risk managers and those living in Nadi with flood issues.
"It can help people with health issues like malaria and dengue fever because those diseases are caused by mosquitoes and we all know that mosquitoes tend to breed when there is a lot of rainfall."