Climate simulations and analyses of Atlantic hurricane activity indicate that the record number of tropical cyclones that occurred in 2005 (28 storms) is close to the maximum number that might occur in this region, given existing climate conditions.
A new report, written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), outlines a framework for a national ocean acidification monitoring strategy for the United Kingdom. The report was submitted by the Defra Science Advisory Council Ocean Acidification sub group, of which BIOS scientist Nicolas Bates is a member.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, to operate a new oceanographic research ship, one of only three such vessels in the nation.
Bermuda is home to one of the highest-latitude coral reefs in the world, and scientists there are working to decode the keys to its health as climate change devastates reefs elsewhere.
The world’s first Ocean Risk Summit held in Bermuda recently drew leaders from across political, economic, environmental and risk sectors to identify the potential exposures to ocean-related risk and tackle its broad-ranging consequences.
Scientists are telling us that the ocean is being transformed faster than anything our planet has experienced in 65 million years and, as such, the results could be transformational from multiple perspectives, including a broad new category of risk.
A new report titled Ocean Risk and the Insurance Industry, written by Falk Niehörster with the support of XL Catlin, was released on the opening day of the summit.
The report leaves no doubt about the urgent need for the insurance industry to equip itself for the severe and far-reaching impacts of ocean change — more intense storms, sea-level rise, loss of fish stocks, and ocean-borne viruses — and stresses that our industry has an opportunity to play a vital role by identifying risk-transfer solutions and mitigation strategies to avoid worst-case scenarios.