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Monitoring the Oceans
 Off the coast of Mauritius
 © Bruno Barbey/Magnum, Paris

Oceans, vital to the planetís survival, are being misused. Overpopulated coastal areas have suffered damage due to marine pollution that causes the proliferation of algae capable of poisoning ecosystems. The 19 million tons of carbon being injected daily by human activity could permanently upset the marine environment. For 45 years now, UNESCOís Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) has been busy getting to know the ocean. Regular global monitoring and data sharing constitute the essential two-fold challenge, whether the task is sending tsunami warnings or creating reliable predictive models, keys to adapting to future disturbances. More
Senegal: Coastal Zones at the Mercy of the Waves
With more than 700 kilometres of seashore, Senegal is one of the countries that suffers most from coastal erosion
Predicting the Seaís Anger
Strengthened by its experience in the Pacific, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is encouraging the installation of an early warning system in the Indian Ocean.
What Atmosphere!
Oceans absorb a large quantity of the greenhouse eff ect gases that are emitted. But how long can they go on acting as carbon reservoirs?
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