ocean forecastThe Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, in collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Institute of Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR) are organizing a workshop on Ocean Forecasting for the Western Indian Ocean from 11-15 August 2014 at the IMTR campus at the Kenya Meteorological Services in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the workshop is to:


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The International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) was one of the greatest international, interdisciplinary oceanographic research efforts of all time. It began in 1962 and was carried out over several years, with forty-­‐six research vessels participating under fourteen different flags.The IIOE motivated an unprecedented number of hydrographic surveys over the course of the expedition covering the entire Indian Ocean basin.

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The second training course of the African Summer School on Application of Ocean and Coastal Ocean Data and Modelling Products, which will be hosted by the Institute of Meteorological Training and Research, Kenya Meteorological Services from 18-22 August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The winners of the art completion organized by the IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States to mark World Oceans Day and the African ay of Seas and Oceans were announced at a function held at the Conference room of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa on 25 July 2014 (the Africa Day of Seas and Oceans).


(i) The challenges faced in implementation of ODINAFRICA included: Disparity in capacities between the institutions (resources, facilities and skills); varying areas of focus (research institutions, university departments, operational institutions such as meteorological agencies, and resource management institutions such as fisheries departments); staff mobility and limited staff; and sustainability of products and services developed beyond the current phase. It was recognized that networking and collaboration at national and regional level has contributed substantially to the successful implementation of activities. However this has not been well developed in some of the countries and regions.

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