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IMO,WMO launch report on extreme maritime weather

Last year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) jointly organised the first International Symposium on “Extreme Maritime Weather: Towards Safety of Life at Sea and a Sustainable Blue Economy”, while launched the report now.

Watch: GHG concentrations reach another high record

The World Meteorological Organization reports of a new GHG-emissions level that “have reached another new record high”, meaning that future generations will experience the severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, extreme weather conditions, sea level increase, as well as disruption to marine and land ecosystems.

Improved weather forecast systems will decrease marine casualties

IMO and the World Meteorological Organization conducted their first joint Symposium on Extreme Maritime Weather, focusing on the challenging weather conditions and how they affect the shipping industry, where WMO discussed the best practices and enhanced services for safety and risk reduction, emergency response, sustainable shipping practices and greater collection and sharing of ship observations. 

NOAA: Why we name tropical storms and hurricanes

Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. This used to create confusion and false rumors, for instance, when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away.

WMO: Climate Change impacts are rapidly increasing

World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) published a report focusing on the physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change that are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels.

IMO encourages participation in WMO voluntary observing ships scheme

The World Meteorological Organization called IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee to reintroduce the request for the recruitment of ships to provide ship-based marine meteorological and oceanographic observations. These reports provide real-time feedback on ocean weather conditions to weather forecasters.

How climate change affects oceans, society and economy

The very active North Atlantic hurricane season, major monsoon floods in the Indian subcontinent, as well as the continuing severe drought in parts of east Africa contributed to 2017 being the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate events, according to the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017.

CO2 emissions marked record growth in 2016

The World Meteorological Organization noted that CO2 concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere increased with a record speed in 2016, with only last year’s increase 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.

WMO initiates “Year of Polar Prediction” project

On May 15th 2017, the World Meteorological Organization officially launched the “Year of Polar Prediction”, in Switzerland. From mid-2017 to mid-2019, scientists and operational forecasting centers from various different countries will work together to observe, model, and improve forecasts of the Arctic and Antarctic weather and climate systems.

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