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VIRTUAL:Thirty Sixth Session of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel

Posted: Jul 2020
The Scientific and Technical (S&T) Workshop held during the annual Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) meetings has become a key forum for stimulating discussion among data buoy operators, designers, and data users. The Thirty-sixth Session of the DBCP (DBCP-36) will be convened virtually. The S&T Workshop will begin on Monday 5th October 2020 with a 2.5-hour virtual workshop. This year the virtual S&T workshop will focus on the impact and value that buoy data has on the user community, including for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), climate, extreme events and the potential contribution to UN Ocean Decade.
 

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Strengthening global coordination and science-based solutions for integrated ocean management

Posted: Jul 2020

Report commissioned by 14 serving heads of state and government calls for strengthening the science-based integrated ocean management through the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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Nearly a fifth of world's ocean floor now mapped

Posted: Jul 2020

On the occasion of World Hydrography Day, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which aims to facilitate the complete mapping of the global ocean floor by 2030, has announced the inclusion of 14.5 million square kilometres of new bathymetric data in the latest GEBCO Grid. Nearly a fifth of the world’s entire ocean floor has now been mapped, with the new data equating to an area twice the size of Australia.

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Recovering historical sea level data to help assess risk of extreme sea level events

Posted: May 2020

A Data Rescue Working Group will be established under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and its network Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) to strengthen international cooperation in rescue of historical sea level data.  

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Voices of the Ocean Decade - Q&A with Peter Thomson: Our future health depends on the health of the ocean

Posted: Apr 2020

Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, talks about the upcoming Ocean Decade and the importance of solid science and political will to make sound decisions for the future health of the ocean and thereby our own.

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Winners of Tsunami Ready Youth Art Competition in the Caribbean announced

Posted: Apr 2020

The competition was an output of a project aimed at strengthening tsunami early warning and response capacities in Caribbean countries, sponsored by the European Commission DIPECHO and coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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COVID-19: the ocean, an ally against the virus

Posted: Apr 2020

When we think of public health risks, we may not think of the ocean as a factor. Increasingly, however, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. Some may be surprised to read that organisms discovered at extreme depths are used to speed up the detection of COVID-19, and probably, even more to learn that, it is the environment to could give a solution to humankind.

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IOC responses to the Covid-19 crisis: Information Meeting

Posted: Apr 2020

The IOC organized a virtual meeting to inform Permanent Delegations to UNESCO of the responses provided by the Commission to identify impacts from the Covid-19 crisis and ensure the continuity of its programmes and services.

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