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World Meteorological Day 2021: The Ocean, Our Climate, and Weather

This year the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) is celebrating its anniversary with a focus on the ocean, climate, and weather, while marking the launch of the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

When it comes to the weather and climate, most of us think only about what is happening in the atmosphere. However, if we ignore our oceans, we miss a big piece of the picture.

Covering 70% of Earth’s surface and carrying over 90% of world trade, our oceans are not just a major driver of the world’s climate, but also of the global economy, impacting all of us, everyday. Therefore, the monitoring of our oceans, as carried out by the WMO and related organisations, is essential to sustaining businesses and livelihoods across the globe.

Climate Action

The UN’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will incentivise ocean science efforts and raise awareness about the links between the ocean, climate, and weather in the drive towards sustainable development. Throughout the decade, the understanding of the impact of climate change will widen across UN Member States, reducing the risk of disaster and helping to maintain operational economies.

Recognising that the global commodities sector contributes 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that 70% of commodity traders’ carbon emissions relate to shipping, Pole Star understands that working towards a sustainable future must include a significant focus on the ocean and our climate. The global commodities sector is a major culprit behind the climate emergency that we are facing and, as such, achieving sustainability is inextricably linked to reducing carbon emissions across the maritime trade and shipping industry.

Now more than ever, companies must integrate ESG policies into their operational and financial decision-making processes. To enable this, Pole Star has partnered with carbon accounting solutions provider, CarbonChain, incorporating their emissions calculations on over 76,000 vessels into Pole Star’s regulatory technology system, PurpleTRAC. Users gain a holistic view of their sanctions exposure and environmental impact, enabling them to choose sustainable financing options and be rewarded with lower costs for doing so.

By making extensive changes to deep-rooted financial systems in this way, emissions from global supply chains can be brought down. However, such change requires action to be taken by every player at every point within the supply chain, which is now possible with our accessible solution.

Safety at Sea

The WMO and other organisations support worldwide efforts to monitor ocean temperatures, currents, salinity, and sea surface levels, to detect the signs of climate change and identify the most vulnerable areas. In conjunction with this, the WMO also collaborates with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and others, providing ocean information, forecasts, and warnings to ensure the safety of life and property at sea. 

At Pole Star, we have worked with governments and businesses across the supply chain, creating a transparent, secure, and compliant operating environment since 1998. We have pushed the limits of innovation, mitigating growing threats to ships, supply chains, cargo, territorial waters and, most importantly, lives within the maritime infrastructure and beyond. Today, our solutions are designed specifically to enable time-critical decisions and mitigate risk across all facets of maritime activity.

Our Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) solution offers a complete investigation and monitoring platform, allowing users to track, monitor, and review the ongoing and historical movements of a ship. MDA provides complete situational awareness with Pole Star’s patented ‘persistent’ tracking technology, combining satellite and terrestrial AIS with Inmarsat positional data for continuous and real-time vessel tracking.

For ship owners, operators, and charterers, MDA offers the data and actionable intelligence needed to ensure business continuity, alongside the safety of a ship and its crew. For governments, flag administrations, and maritime authorities associated with homeland security, MDA can facilitate the safeguarding of maritime domains and ensure the success of coastal surveillance operations.

The MDA weather function displays 30 days historical or 5 days forecasted meteorological conditions. The weather and environmental layers are updated every 6 hours with advanced data provided by our leading provider, Meteo Group, and displayed on the interactive map powered by Google Maps and C-Map for further reliability.

Within the weather function, users can view and monitor: 

  • Wave height, shown with a heat map.
  • Wind direction and speed.
  • Visibility, as determined by light and weather conditions.
  • Water temperature, shown with a heat map.
  • Air temperature, shown with a heat map.
  • Areas of precipitation and its intensity.
  • Ocean current directions and speed.
  • Atmospheric pressure, indicated with isobars.
  • Swell waves and periods, generated by winds far out in the ocean.
  • Wind waves and periods, generated by coastal winds.
  • A hurricane’s previous and forecasted intensity and wind details.

By combining compatible weather layers, users can view multiple environmental indicators at one time, increasing map detail and, subsequently, risk awareness.

In addition, for those navigating regions at risk of piracy, the MDA sea state risk feature checks the likelihood of a piracy attack in a certain area, based on wave height and weather. Areas with a higher wave height pose less of a risk than those with calm waters, where ships are more easily accessible to pirates utilising smaller vessels. Forecasts can be made up to 102 hours ahead, allowing users to plan and make use of more secure routes.

Both remaining safe at sea and ensuring a sustainable future depend on meteorological research and forecasting. With the growing impacts of climate change making ocean observations, research, and services more critical than ever before, solutions like MDA are essential to the accessibility and distribution of such data to those that require it.

Get in touch via sales@polestarglobal.com to learn more about MDA and request a trial.

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