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
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 http://www.jcomm.info/MMMS2014, 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.
Training Opportunity in Gulf of Guinea and North Atlantic Region
Applications 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 >>>