The Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

The 11th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures

The ICOPMAS Secretariat holds the 11th International Conference on Coasts, Ports and Marine Structures (ICOPMAS 2014) in Tehran, Iran, from 24 to 26 November 2014, under the theme of "Coastal Areas, Opportunities & Challenges".

This conference seeks to provide an appropriate ground for exchange of the latest scientific innovations and technical executive achievements by gathering engineers, designers, scientists and researchers in the field of coasts, ports and marine structures. Those who are interested in this event are invited to contact directly the ICOPMAS Secretariat via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or telephone (+98(21) 882 067 74), or visit the conference website by clicking here.

Further information can also be found at the conference brochure.


Year 2013 Ranked Sixth Warmest since Global Record


The year 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest since global record started 1850. The WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2013 reported that the year witnessed vivid extremesof droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones, which left the world losses and catastrophes. The overall warming trend was also observed and highlighted by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, where human activities were warned of greenhouse gas emissions.

Human beings now have a better understanding of their impacts on climate change.  The Statement assessed status of global climate and observed extreme events, considering both atmospheric and oceanographic Essential Climate Variables (ECVs).  We must carry on our efforts for enhanced preparedness, improved early warning systems and a strengthened multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction. 

African Summer School on Application of Ocean and Coastal Data and Modelling Products


 Applications for he Summer School on Application of Ocean and Coastal Data and Modelling Products are now being received.

This programme is organized for marine scientists in Africa, in order to build African capacity to access and utilize meteorological/oceanographic/coastal data from in situ and satellite observations, as well as those genrated from ocean models to produce useful services for local use, for a wide variety of human and economic benefit purposes.

The application should be sent to Mr Mika Odido not later than 20 February 2014. Please see here for details and requirements.  


Training Opportunity in Gulf of Guinea and North Atlantic Region


MF-trainingApplications for theTraining Workshop on Marine Forecasting (3-7 March 2014, Dakar, Senegal) are now being received.

This event is designed for marine forecasters and metocean scientists in the Gulf of Guinea and North Atlantic regions, including Gambia, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.

This 5-day workshop aims to enhance understanding on wave dynamics and available tools for ocean forecasting, in particular, on operational wave modelling and products. The training to be provided during the workshop will include lectures on wave dynamics; status of operational ocean forecasting; available forecasting products for the interest of the Region; and in particular, hands-on training sessions on wave modelling. 

For further information and to apply, see the workshop web page >>>



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UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE Oostende, Belgium