SOPAC Compendium Project
SOPAC Compendium Project
Digital collection of the entire body of knowledge of CCOP/SOPAC from 1972 to 2010

Listing Projects - Country of American Samoa (71)

TitleDescriptionCategoryTypeProject Year
Sea-bed Investigations for Managanese Deposits in Samoan Oceanic Areas A Cruise by R/V Machias from 6 December to 24 December was undertaken as part of the CCOP/SOPAC Work Programme CCSP-1/WS-1, CCSP-1/WS-2 and CCSP-1/WS-4 to carry out a Samoa offshore survey by conducting sampling operations for manganese nodules, phosphorite and precious coral to to the south and west of the islands of Upolu and Savaii.. Altogether 39 sampling stations were occupied during the cruise period. The investigation concluded that there was no economic potential for manganese nodule deposits in the Samoan region. Cruises (C) Cruise 1979
Energy Technologies and ICT Improved knowledge, understanding and application of new and developing energy technologies and ICT in all member countries by 2009. Energy (E) Activity/Task 2006
9th Session of the Governing Council of SOPAC (than CCOP/SOPAC) and the Ninth Session of its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) The 9th Session of SOPAC and its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was held in Tarawa, Kiribati and hosted by the Government of Kiribati. The meeting was represented by national representatives of SOPAC's member countries with the exception of Papua New Guinea. New Hebrides became independent with a new name now known as Vanuatu. And so this was the first year of Vanuatu's membership of CCOP/SOPAC (now SOPAC). Guam was invited as observers and representation was by Mr. D. W. Froster, Programme Manager, Division of Economic Development and Planning, Guam Department of Commerce. Marshall Islands were also represented at the meeting as observers. American Samoa and Nauru were invited but was not represented at the meeting. General (G) Meeting 1980
SOPAC Secretariat - Energy Audit At the June (1999) all-staff meeting of SOPAC, the Director requested that the Energy Unit carry out an Energy Audit of the SOPAC office complex. This is to demonstrate to member countries that SOPAC does carry out at home what it preaches. The objective was to identify potential energy saving opportunities within the SOPAC Secretariat and to produce a report detailing the methodology used so that member countries can use it as a reference in their own energy conservation program. General (G) Assessment 1999
Development and Use of Drought Indices for the Pacific Region Increased use of the Drought Index method to take appropriate action to mitigate the effects of ENSO related hazards. The 1997-1999 ENSO event, had devastating impacts throughout the Pacific Region. This event caused severe droughts in the North and South Pacific while the following 1998-99 La Niña event had similar, major impacts on the Central Pacific. A STAR meeting in 1999 noted that a clear need had been identified for the development of a standard, easy to produce and understood drought index for the region and recommended that SOPAC seek collaboration to develop a Drought Index for countries in the Pacific Region. Preliminary work has been undertaken to examine methodologies using the example of Tarawa Atoll, Republic of Kiribati as a SOPAC/UNESCO-IHP case study. This new task on research on Drought Indices was proposed in the form of a joint project by the Water Research Foundation of Australia, SOPAC and various other specialists from Pacific Island Countries and is pending awaiting funding. Hazards (H) Activity/Task 2002
Endorsement of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management Preparation for the 3rd World Water Forum, SOPAC sought the endorsement of its Pacific Member countries for a Pacific Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Water Management. Water and Sanitation (WS) Policy and Governance 2002
Maritime Boundaries The Pacific Islands Regional Maritime Information System (PIRMBIS) has continued to be updated and maintained. PIRMBIS contains base line information from maps, and satellite imagery, as well as the computed critical basepoints, and the extrapolated notional maritime boundaries for American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, RMI, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Work over the last twelve months has included completion of critical base points and maritime limits, verification, GPS survey and data post processing, reef delineation and production of an updated Pacific EEZ map. Existing treaties have also been incorporated into PIRMBIS and updated as appropriate. Maritime Boundaries (MB) Activity/Task 2007
Pacific Water Association Steering Committee Meeting The meeting of the "Pacific Water Association Steering Committee" was hosted by SOPAC on 29-31 January 1996 at the SOPAC Secretariat, Suva, Fiji. This meeting was prior to the PWA Inaugural Meeting which was held from 22- 24 August 1996. Water and Sanitation (WS) Meeting 1996
OTEC Site Survey Offshore Pago Pago In December, the USGS would be conducting an OTEC site survey offshore Pago Pago, American Samoa using the R/V S.P.Lee . The survey would include high resolution seismic profiling and shallow coring. Energy (E) Activity/Task 1983
Pacific Ocean/Atmosphere Monitoring Program - Pacific GOOS Inception Proposal for SOPAC's involvement with IOC-GOOS in implementing a Pacific Ocean/Atmosphere Monitoring Program (PacificGoos) in the region was submitted. Pacific GOOS was a proposed activity of the Oceans Unit recognizing many inter- linkages with SOPAC's other work areas. It was forwarded through the SPOCC process by the SPOCC Marine Sector Working Group where the concept of a PacificGOOS had been endorsed by SPOCC. The proposal includes the drafting of a strategy plan identifying the goals and objectives, actions, activities, management and policy requirements and general funding plans. During a GOOS Capacity Building Workshop hosted by the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji, thirty participants from twelve countries in the South Pacific agreed to establish PacificGOOS. The workshop took place from 13 to 17 February 1998, with funds for the workshop being provided primarily by the Netherlands Geosciences Commission, the Government of France and the I0C. The South Pacific Geosciences Commission (SOPAC) contributed the secretariat support and local organization. A Coastal GOOS conference is planned for 1999 to initiate PacificGOOS and develop pilot projects. Coastal Processes (CP) Programme 1998