A clearer position on sea-level rise

17 July 2008

As part of the Australian Government's South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project (SPSLCMP), Geoscience Australia has installed a Continuous Global Positioning System (CGPS) station in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands Minister for Environment and Conservation, The Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo and the Australian High Commissioner Mr Peter Hooton unveiling the CGPS in Honiara.

This station will join the associated network of CGPS to measure the vertical motion of the Earth's crust. This data, when combined with existing tide gauge data, will assist in the determination of absolute sea level rise.

“This is the conclusion to the implementation of the CGPS network throughout the South Pacific Region,” said Gary Johnston, Project Leader for Geoscience Australia's National Geospatial Reference Systems.

Sponsored by AusAID, with the Bureau of Meteorology as the lead agency, SPSLCMP began in 1991 in response to concerns expressed by Pacific Island countries over the potential impacts of human-induced global warming on climate and sea levels in the region. The project collects and analyses sea level and surface temperature data from a network of sensors in twelve Pacific island countries, including Solomon Islands.

This information provides Pacific island countries with an accurate long term record of sea levels in the South Pacific and is used in a range of planning processes. Project data also contributes to the international scientific community's understanding of climate change.

The unveiling of the CGPS took place at a special commissioning ceremony on Monday 30 June 2008, where Solomon Islands Minister for Environment and Conservation, the Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo, and the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Peter Hooton, were the guests of honour.

Speaking at the unveiling, the Australian High Commissioner thanked the Solomon Islands Government for its contribution to the project and said Australia looked forward to continued joint work on environmental issues over the coming years. The Australian Government will contribute $32 million by 2010 to the project, now in its 4th phase.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013