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.
GEO Blue Planet Working Groups
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 […]
Background Currently, there is a documented lack of reliable long-term marine data resources to support the development of strategies and policies related to sustainable use of the marine environment around Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean and adjacent countries in Latin America. The region is facing many coastal hazards including tsunamis, large […]
GEO Blue Planet Projects
Background Since 2011, the Caribbean region has faced challenges from influx of floating sargassum seaweed. An increase in the frequency and volume of sargassum beachings and coastal overabundance prevent the deployment and retrieval of fishing gear and clog popular beaches, harbors and bays. A kick off workshop of 40 experts from 15 countries […]
Background Low-lying coral reef-lined islands and coasts are vulnerable to marine flooding. These events are a result of a combination of sea surface elevation and wave height, and can cause severe flooding even on windless, sunny days. Increasing resilience of coastal communities will be a key to the continued inhabitance of these islands and coastal […]