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Climate change continued its relentless march in 2020, which is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record. 2011-2020 will be the warmest decade on record, with the warmest six years all being since 2015, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Shipboard biogeochemical time-series represent one of the most valuable tools scientists have to monitor climate and marine ecosystem changes. IOC established the International Group for Marine Ecological Time Series (IGMETS) to identify changes within different ocean regions, explore plausible reasons and connections at a global level, and to highlight any regions that may be at greater risk.
The Climate COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
GOOS Observations Coordination Group launches a new Ocean Observing System Report Card and introduces the rebranding of OceanOPS (previously JCOMMOPS) along with its first-ever 5-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025), phased with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (“Ocean Decade”).
The United Nations have just released the new Ocean Observing System Report Card - a high-level annual report providing a deep insight on the state, capacity and value of our Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).
Significant gaps remain in our knowledge of marine life, from coral reefs to the deep sea bottom. But now nations have a new opportunity to work together in filling them in, for the benefit of humanity.