12 November 2020

On 30 October 2020, a significant tsunami triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 Mw hit the island of Samos (Greece) and the Aegean coast of the Izmir region (Turkey). The event shed light – once again – on the complexity of warning of locally generated tsunamis of rapid onset which challenged the ability of local authorities and communities at risk to take early action.

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10 November 2020

Over 40 countries around the Pacific Rim are participating in a mock tsunami scenario which included a live tsunami exercise on 5 November, World Tsunami Awareness Day. The purpose of this Pacific-wide exercise is to test communications from the IOC's Tsunami Service Providers (TSP) in the Pacific to every country’s official tsunami warning authority.

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6 November 2020

From the start of the Vendée Globe race, 10 skippers will carry scientific instruments onboard to support the Global Ocean Observing System, within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

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6 November 2020

Korea, Sweden and Canada renewed their support to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Piloted by UNESCO, the Ocean Decade is a unique opportunity to strengthen the management of the ocean: we are now entering the last step of its preparatory phase.

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4 November 2020

UNESCO and the European Commission just completed a major project to strengthen capacities to detect and respond to tsunamis and other coastal hazards in seven Caribbean countries.

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3 November 2020

Featuring some of the world’s top experts in ocean deoxygenation, a new webinar series shares the latest scientific knowledge and explores the impacts of extremely reduced levels of oxygen in increasingly larger parts of the ocean, from the coast to the high seas.

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29 October 2020

Around 500 ocean observations and data management experts gathered virtually on 18-30 September 2020 to review the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) and formulate recommendations for its enhancement.

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23 October 2020

On 12 October 2020, the IOC held a second international workshop on data sharing in the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030, the “Ocean Decade” for short). The aim of this session was to provide global and regional organisations, programmes and projects, NGOs and the private sector with the opportunity to join the global discussion on how to leverage the potential of the Ocean Decade to improve ocean data sharing worldwide.

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22 October 2020

Through the IOWave20 simulation exercise, Indian Ocean countries get to test their tsunami warning systems and response protocols even while they contend with the impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis.

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