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Publish Date: 14 April 2020
Low-lying islands in the South-west Pacific Ocean are counting the human and economic toll of Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold, which destroyed key infrastructure and highlighted the challenges of disaster and public health management in the COVID-19 era. At its peak, Harold was the equivalent of a Category 5 level hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Publish Date: 24 November 2019
An operational system has been developed and implemented for the Fiji Islands to produce and disseminate new early warning information on coastal flooding, which will help save lives and protect property in low-lying, populated coastal areas. There is potential to enhance this early warning platform in the future and to extend it to other South Pacific island nations, and even consider extension to include other coastal flooding sources such as tsunamis.
Publish Date: 25 October 2019
WMO and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held the first joint Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather: Towards Safety of Life at Sea and a Sustainable Blue Economy
Publish Date: 20 May 2019
The First Global Planning Meeting for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 has set the stage for wide-ranging action and partnerships to strengthen scientific knowledge and innovation, increase resilience against marine and coastal hazards and reverse the decline in the health of the ocean.
Publish Date: 8 February 2019
WMO hosted a meeting of UN Oceans, as part of a week of ocean related events to focus attention on ocean science, observations and safety. UN-Oceans is the UN inter-agency coordination mechanism for ocean matters .
Publish Date: 13 December 2016
A World Meteorological Organization expert committee has established a new world record significant wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic. The wave was recorded by an automated buoy at 0600 UTC on 4 February 2013 in the North Atlantic ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom (approximately 59° N, 11° W). It followed the passage of a very strong cold front, which produced winds of up to 43.8 knots (50.4 miles per hour) over the area.
Publish Date: 6 July 2017
Conference puts spotlight on interactions between global warming, associated sea level rise, coastal impacts and options for adaptation New York, 6 July 2017 – The consequences of climate change for sea level rise will be in the spotlight at a major international research conference which will seek to assess past, present and future regional sea-level change and its impacts on coastal communities.
Publish Date: 25 October 2017
Better observations needed to protect environment and save lives Progress and challenges in improving maritime safety and services, strengthening environmental protection and expanding ocean observing systems are on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission of meteorologists and oceanographers. The meeting also aims to agree a roadmap for future priorities.
Publish Date: 6 July 2018
UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Executive Council has expressed support for stronger collaboration between the meteorological and the oceanographic communities, taking advantage of the process of reform of WMO constituent bodies.
Publish Date: 17 October 2018
The need to accelerate climate change adaptation and improve multi-hazard early warning systems to increase resilience to extreme weather took centre-stage at WMO’s Regional Association for Asia and the Pacific...