A new report has the most up to date scientific analysis of climate change in the Pacific region.

The report was released today by the Australian Government’s Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP).

Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region.

Co-editor of the report, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Dr Scott Power, said the findings would be presented at an event during the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference being held from next week in Durban, South Africa.

Co-editor, CSIRO’s Kevin Hennessy, said the research indicated future decreases in droughts in most parts of the Pacific and decreases in the frequency of tropical cyclones by the end of the century.

 “We also expect widespread increases in extreme rainfall events, large increases in the incidence of hot days and warm nights, increases in the proportion of tropical cyclones in the more intense categories and continued sea-level rise during this century,” he said.