Each year natural disasters such tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding result in considerable damage to life and property. Economic losses due to disasters worldwide have surpassed $100 billion USD every year since 2010. In addition, human caused marine and coastal disasters including oil spills and chemical accidents are widespread and, depending on the magnitude and location, can be devastating environmental disasters.
Ocean and coastal observations deliver data and information required to prepare, forecast, mitigate and recover from disasters. In many situations, including tsunamis and storm surge events, ocean and coastal observations are required to provide warnings to coastal populations. Oil and chemical spills can also be identified and tracked using ocean and coastal observations, allowing managers to make informed mitigation decisions regarding these environmental disasters.
Blue Planet Activities
Problem Many low lying areas of Pacific Islands are experiencing marine flooding events that currently strike with little to no warning. Currently, if and when there is a warning, the warnings are vague at best and do little to inform inhabitants of the severity of the impending event. There is a very real need […]
Problem In recent years, the Caribbean region has faced challenges from oil spills and an influx of floating sargassum seaweed. Large-scale oil spill incidents have included an April 2017 spill at Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago and a July 2017 oil spill in Kingston Harbor, Jamaica. Illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste by ships operating […]
The Understanding Flooding on Reef-lined Island Coasts (UFORIC) Working Group works to develop action plans that can be used globally, regionally, and nationally to help guide research and development activities related to understanding and predicting flooding along tropical coral reef-lined shorelines over the coming years. Major focus areas of the Working Group 1) The need […]