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2 Jul 2019 - New Ocean Observing System report card shows need for more sustained ocean observations of climate change impact.

A new Ocean Observing System report card provides insight into the status of the global ocean observing system. With the current and increasingly urgent need for nations to take decisions related to the impact of climate change, the report card highlights the need for sustained ocean monitoring.

Ocean observations provide critical data to nations for delivering marine weather and ocean services, to ensure safe and efficient maritime operations, and improving emergency response efficiency for extreme events. They are also crucial for providing scientific assessments to enable environmental prediction and adaptation to climatic change, as well as leading to more effective protection of ecosystems.

The report card was prepared by the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). It was presented during the IOC’s 30th General Assembly sessions on 1 July devoted to ocean observations.

"To better meet expanding societal needs, the global ocean observing system is introducing new technologies and improved capabilities. These advancements will provide more observational information in real-time and long duration high-quality data needed for detection of ocean change, as well as helping to address the lack of data in poorly sampled regions”, said David Legler chair of the JCOMM Observations Coordination Group.

“The availability of new technological capabilities for under ice observations, based on ocean gliders and autonomous floats, are now enabling us to monitor the increase of CO2 concentrations in the Arctic and Antarctic Ocean” says the report card.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/new-report-card-shows-state-and-value-ocean-observations

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Ocean Acidification