INFORMATION collected after flooding in the Western Division over the past three years is part of a larger exercise to make the region more resilient to flooding.
The collected data will be given to the government to aid in future development planning.
This is according to the Secretariat for Pacific Community's Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) regional environment engineer David Duncan.
To further their flood planning initiatives, SOPAC, with assistance from the World Bank, plans to bring in highly technical and specialised equipment to map the division.
"Later on this year we, with support from the World Bank, will fly an aircraft with Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) equipment on board to map the entire Western Division," Mr Duncan said.
"It will give us a very detailed map that will identify things like the amount and types of vegetation on slopes, very accurate land heights, and building locations even beneath tree canopies.
"We will then use this and other information to support the development of a computer flood model. From that we should be able to determine what is likely to happen when different areas of the catchment receive large amounts of rainfall and how changes to the landscape, both natural and artificial, will affect flooding."