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IUCN Constituent: 
Oceania Regional Office
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Secretariat
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
Pacific Ocean
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
University of the South Pacific ( USP ) / Fiji
IUCN Commissions: 
No Commissions are/have been involved
IUCN Secretariat: 
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Field activitiesConducting Sea Water Air Conditioning measurements off the ocean-side coast of Funafuti atoll in Tuvalu. At a depth of 1,000 metres, sea water temperatures were recorded as 4 degrees Celsius, which may possibly be utilized for pumping and circulation through the USP Tuvalu campus (and other facilities) to cool the buildings without use of traditional refrigerants.Completed
Scientific/technical activitiesA scale model of the Tuvalu USP campus has been built, and trial experiments are underway to determine thermal efficiency and cooling potential of the seawater air conditioning system, as well as the energy requirements and consumption associated with pumping water from 1,000 metres, over 1km offshore.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
A localized model for the potential of sea water air conditioning systems has been built, and the potential feasibility and cost-effectiveness of SWAC technology will be available for nations of the Pacific to determine whether it is a suitable technology for meeting cooling demands with reduced resource inputs and associated emissions.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessPublication and dissemination of the research will take place following the peer review and validation of the findings.
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