Half a century of UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

An event marking half a century of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission has been held in China.

The Pacem in Maribus XXXIII (PIM) Conference on Oceans, Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Beijing is a forum for organisations, scientists and experts to address the challenges of oceans and impacts of climate change on coastal cities and global economies.

More than 270 delegates from 30 countries celebrated 50 years of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and discussed key topics on oceans and climate change, the role of the oceans in sustainable development and challenges to coastal cities.

In one of the plenary sessions sales and marketing director for Chelsea Technologies Group, Richard Burt, explained how oceanographic instrumentation has traditionally been developed within academic centres.

He said: "However future requirements may be very different there is a huge demand for in situ data support for climate change studies.

"This requires large, distributed networks of sensors and systems that provide real time data.

"Such sensors must be small, low cost, have long extended lifetimes and be highly robust."



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