What is the impact of the Agulhas Current on the local climate and why does it matter in the global context?

South Africa has one of the fastest and strongest flowing currents in the world running along its east coast: The Agulhas Current. It influences local as well as global rainfall and climate. The article explains why it’s important to monitor a current that plays a significant role in the global ocean conveyor belt.


14 world leaders commit to 100% sustainable ocean management to solve global challenges, and call for more countries to join

Leaders of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal commit to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025. Leaders put a healthy ocean at the top of the global policy agenda to accelerate economic recovery.

More information: https://ioc.unesco.org/news/14-world-leaders-commit-100-sustainable-ocean-management-solve-global-challenges-and-call-more

Ocean Decade Virtual Series: Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade: Part 2

The virtual session “Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade” was convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in partnership with the International Science Council, as part of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series. The slides and recording of the session will be soon available on the Ocean Decade Website. The final report of the series will also be posted on the website shortly.

New Global Ocean Science Report voices concern over inadequacy of funding for ocean research

Lack of funding is hampering the development and implementation of marine research and its valuable applications, according to the second Global Ocean Science Report, published by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), ahead of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

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60th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO & Launch of the Global Ocean Science Report 2020

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. The Commission was created within UNESCO to promote coordinated international research about the global ocean and its various basins, based on the pioneer experiences of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) and the first International Indian Ocean Expedition.

The 60th Anniversary of IOC is an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and look forward to a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) filled with challenges and opportunities.


Atlantic Ocean reports record number of storms in 2020

The high number of storms has meant that, among other things, the WMO's annual list of storm names for a calendar year was exhausted by September and it had to use Greek alphabets to name the storms thereafter.