Country

Samoa

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Samoa.

Country Context

Samoa is a small island country in the southwest Pacific, and comprises four main inhabited islands and six smaller, uninhabited islands of volcanic origin. The inhabited islands are Savai’i, Upolu, Manono and Apolima. Samos has a lower middle-income status, and its economy is natural resource dependent with tourism and exports from agriculture, fisheries and forestry products as major contributors. Climate change is expected to increasingly exert considerable stress on the country’s vulnerable sectors, especially agriculture and tourism. With approximately 70% of Samoa’s population and infrastructure located in low-lying coastal areas, projected sea level rise could exacerbate coastal erosion, loss of land and property and dislocation.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa (MNRE) is the central point for climate action in Samoa. Samoa has enacted a variety of diverse climate change policies, related to coral reefs, biodiversity, coastal ecosystems and community livelihoods. Samoa ratified the Paris Agreement on April 22, 2016 and its Nationally Determined Contribution can be found here.

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Climate Data

Historical Trends

The section provides access to historical climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation from 1900 to 2016.

Projected Trends

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

The section provides access to future climate datasets for both temperature and precipitation and their statistical derivatives for various timeframes and emission scenarios from 2020 to 2099.

Climate by Sector

This section contains information from multiple climate indicators and indices relevant for key economic sectors. Simple narratives can help you interpret and extract summaries of potential climate change impacts at the sector level.

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Vulnerability

This section allows you to explore the susceptibility of livelihoods and natural systems to impacts from climate variability and change and facilitate the exploration of socioeconomic and development data and its relationships with natural hazards vulnerable areas.

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Impacts

This section allows you to explore the climate information from multiple climate indicators and present them with simple, embedded interpretation for an informative, high-level summary of the potential for future climate change impacts on key socioeconomic sectors.

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Adaptation

This section helps you grasp key national adaptation policies and reports, explore options for key sectors, and understand current adaptation gaps and needs for enhanced climate smart planning.

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