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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: 21 April 2016
Planet sends powerful message on Paris Agreement A prolonged run of record global temperatures and extreme weather, the rapid melting of Arctic ice, and widespread bleaching of ocean coral reefs underline the urgent need to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that 2016 has so far overshadowed even the record-breaking year of 2015. “The magnitude of the changes has been a surprise even for veteran climate scientists. The state of the planet is changing before our eyes,”...
Publish Date: 23 August 2016
The fourth meeting of the UNESCO/IOC PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation in the Southwest Pacific got under way in Honiara, Solomon Islands today (22 Aug’ 2016).
Publish Date: 8 June 2016
“Health Oceans, Healthy Planet” is the theme of World Oceans Day on 8 June, reflecting the vital role of oceans in sustaining life on earth. “We don’t need to be reminded of the challenges we currently face with a changing climate: the impacts on the ocean are clear: sea level rise, eroding coastlines, warmer waters and ocean acidification,” said World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “We are currently witnessing unprecedented coral bleaching, which may be endangering some of the world’s best-known coral reefs. The powerful El Niño event and long-term global...
Publish Date: 17 March 2016
Just over a month after launch, Jason-3, a U.S.-European oceanography satellite mission with NASA participation, has produced its first complete science map of global sea surface height, capturing the current signal of the 2015-16 El Niño. The map was generated from the first 10 days of data collected once Jason-3 reached its operational orbit of 1,336 kilometers on Feb. 12. It shows the continuing evolution of the ongoing El Niño event that began early last year.