Experts will gather at the Royal Institution in London on Tuesday 7 November 2017 to discuss how ocean observations can improve weather and climate predictions and enable better decisions to be made at sea, on land and in the air.
The Oceans of Knowledge 2017 conference has been organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), together with the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), which serves as a forum to promote global oceanography and implement international global ocean observing systems.
As we improve our ability to predict weather and climate change through coupled ocean-atmosphere modelling, we can see where severe weather may strike and try to prepare for changes in climate. Through more accurate projections we can understand longer term risks to business and environment. Ocean observation data is therefore crucial for businesses operating on or in the oceans, as well as those far removed from the coast.
“The future of the planet is currently hanging in a very delicate balance and the urgency for well-founded predictions on weather and climate is growing. Fully monitoring our oceans and seas is vital from an economic, safety and environmental perspective. Oceans of Knowledge 2017 will be an important opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to improving how we use ocean information across various applications as well as being able to network with scientists, engineers, asset managers and decision makers across a multitude of industries and sectors”. Dr Bev Mackenzie, Technical & Policy Director, IMarEST.
The conference will look at the impact of improved ocean observations on ocean and weather services, including medium range forecasting. The first part of the day will set the scene, with keynote speakers describing the present state-of-the-art and anticipated future developments. These will be followed by a diverse range of user case studies, to explore specific benefits of improved forecasting and projection. These will include perspectives from Industries including energy, agriculture, aquaculture, shipping and insurance.