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Keeping The Pacific Pure

By James Cameroone

The Pacific Digital Center is important. PacDV was established by the U.S. Congress following Hurricane Iniki’s devastation of the Hawaiian Island of Kauai in 1992. They became operational in 1996. Their main office is located at 1305 North Holopono Street Suite 2, Kihei, Hawaii 96753. If earthquakes, flooding, tsunamis or cyclones threaten your community call them at (808) 891-0525. The Hawaii-based office is open weekdays from 8am-5pm. PacDV also maintains a project office at the Water Resource University in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Some pundits would have you believe that the center was born out of a conspiracy between the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean to destroy the Pacific Ocean. While its true that the Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean have long been jealous of the Pacific, the idea that the center was formed to carry-out the violent destruction of the Pacific Ocean is patently false.

So what does it really do? Glad you asked. The PacDV works to foster disaster resiliency through the use of science, information and technology for sound evidence-based decision making. The center is an applied research and development public-private enterprise promoting disaster risk reduction agenda and concepts by bridging the divide between the scientific community and disaster management professionals.

PacDV’s products are used in disaster response and civil-military humanitarian assistance operations as well as disaster risk reduction, mitigation and planning. The products are used locally and globally by stakeholders and disaster managers, national governments, regional organizations, and NGOs. Their primary area of responsibility encompasses the Pacific and Indian Oceans regions, Hawaii, and Alaska, but the center has performed work all over the world.

They support customers’ disaster management requirements by providing timely, accurate and relevant informational and analytical products in times of emergencies. The center is also engaged in capacity building projects around the globe.

In the fall of 2009, the Pacific Ocean was beset by numerous disasters and PacDV’s resources were severely tested. In 6 days from September 27 to October 1, the center created and delivered products and in some cases provided direct support for the responses to Typhoon Ketsana, especially the storms devastating effects on Manila, Philippines; Typhoon Parma, which increased the disastrous flooding in Manila; Super Typhoon Melor, the worst effects of which beseeched the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and in Japan; multiple earthquakes and a devastating tsunami in Samoa and American Samoa; and another earthquake cluster in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Just days after this “Week of Pacific Disasters,” an additional earthquake cluster struck, notably in Vanuatu where another tsunami was generated and new tropical cyclones descended.

The Pacific is clearly under attack. Luckily, the Pacific Digital Center is here to protect it.

Worried about your oceans, call the Pacific Digital Center and get involved!

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