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Weather, Oceans & Human Activities


Year: 1998
Language: english
Author: WMO
Genre: Other
Publisher: World Meteorological Organization
ISBN: 92-63-10871-4
Format: PDF
Quality: OCR with errors
Pages count: 26
Description: World Meteorological Day is celebrated each year on 23 March to commemorate the coming into force of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1950. For each anniversary, WMO selects a theme
which highlights the importance of meteorology and operational hydrology to a topical issue. As the United Nations has declared 1998 the "International Year of the Ocean", it is therefore particularly appropriate that WMO has chosen Weather, Oceans and Human Activity as the theme for World Meteorological Day 1998.
The oceans provide a vital source of food, energy, water, hydrocarbon and mineral resources and are an essential component of the Earth's climate system. Increasingly, the oceans are under stress due to the pressures of coastal development, industrial pollution and overfishing. The oceans can also be a serious obstacle or even a threat to human activities. Extreme weather events, high waves and storm surges have all too often resulted in disastrous loss of life at sea and in vulnerable coastal and island regions.
This booklet was prepared by Dr Des O'Neill, a former Regional Director-General of the Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada. He has brought his valuable contribution and perspective to a subject of global interest.

Contents

• Foreword
• Introduction
• Weather, Climate and the Oceans
• People and the Oceans
• The Development of the Oceans
• The Coastal Zone
• Weather, Climate and Navigation
• Marine Meteorological Services
• Climate Variability, Climate Change and the Oceans
• Conclusion

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