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Latest News

Year 2013 Ranked Sixth Warmest since Global Record


The year 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest since global record started 1850. The WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2013 reported that the year witnessed vivid extremesof droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones, which left the world losses and catastrophes. The overall warming trend was also observed and highlighted by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, where human activities were warned of greenhouse gas emissions.

Human beings now have a better understanding of their impacts on climate change.  The Statement assessed status of global climate and observed extreme events, considering both atmospheric and oceanographic Essential Climate Variables (ECVs).  We must carry on our efforts for enhanced preparedness, improved early warning systems and a strengthened multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction. 

Invitation to Marine Meteorological Monitoring Survey
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In order to assess the effectiveness of the weather and sea bulletins produced and transmitted by Meteorological Services, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) would appreciate your cooperation in completing the following questionnaire.

Masters, Deck Officers and other marine users are invited to participate in the online survey on meteorological Maritime Safety Information (meteorological MSI) at, and provide your feedback on meteorological MSI broadcast at sea to all vessels. This questionnaire will be open between March and June 2014, and it is intended to take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. 

Your participation will be greatly apreciated in the effort of understanding and reflecting the needs and requirements of all marine communities.



African Summer School on Application of Ocean and Coastal Data and Modelling Products

 Applications for he Summer School on Application of Ocean and Coastal Data and Modelling Products are now being received.

This programme is organized for marine scientists in Africa, in order to build African capacity to access and utilize meteorological/oceanographic/coastal data from in situ and satellite observations, as well as those genrated from ocean models to produce useful services for local use, for a wide variety of human and economic benefit purposes.

The application should be sent to Mr Mika Odido not later than 20 February 2014. Please see here for details and requirements.  


Training Opportunity in Gulf of Guinea and North Atlantic Region


MF-trainingApplications for theTraining Workshop on Marine Forecasting (3-7 March 2014, Dakar, Senegal) are now being received.

This event is designed for marine forecasters and metocean scientists in the Gulf of Guinea and North Atlantic regions, including Gambia, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.

This 5-day workshop aims to enhance understanding on wave dynamics and available tools for ocean forecasting, in particular, on operational wave modelling and products. The training to be provided during the workshop will include lectures on wave dynamics; status of operational ocean forecasting; available forecasting products for the interest of the Region; and in particular, hands-on training sessions on wave modelling. 

For further information and to apply, see the workshop web page >>>



GTS distribution of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) refresh buoy data under SSVX08 KWNB

Data Management Notice
National Weather Service Headquarters, Washington DC

To: GTS users ...

From: RTH Washington Data Management

SubjectNational Data Buoy Center (NDBC) distribution of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) refresh buoy data under SSVX08 KWNB
Effective January 22, 2014

This message provides notice that the NWS National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) will disseminate TAO refresh buoy data under the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headings collective SSVX08 KWNB instead of SXPA01 KWNB. The legavy TAO buoys will continue to transmit under the SSVX08 KARS header. The current distribution of SXPA01 KWNB will automatically be added to the SSVX08 KWNB header on the effective data. The message format will continue to be FM-18 BUOY, frequency of the reports will be hourly. The daily average message is not distributed for the TAO refresh buoys. TAO data will no longer be distributed on SXPA01 KWNB on the effective date.

Users with automatice decoders should reprogram their systems now to recognize the new bulletin headings for these observations.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact:

Rex Hervex
National Data Buoy Center
Building 3203
Stennis Space Center Mississippi 39529
Phone: +1 228-688-3007
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This and other NWS Technical Implementation Notices are available at:


JCOMM Upcoming Events

JCOMM/GOOS Metrics Meeting
28 April - 1 May 2014
Ramonville St Agne, France

Fifth In-Region Western Indian Ocean Capacity Building Workshop
12 - 15 May 2014
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

5th Meeting of the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project Steering Group
14 - 16 May 2014
Geneva, Switzerland

JCOMM workshop on Advances in Marine Climatology
9 - 12 June 2014
United States

4th Ice Analyst Workshop and Antarctic Workshop
9 - 13 June 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Hosted by
UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE Oostende, Belgium