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In Memoriam Professsor Warren S. Wooster 

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

A few hours ago, I received a sad message from Professsor Gotthilf Hempel informing me that "Warren Wooster passed on yesterday October 29 in Seattle. As you know he was one of the fathers of SCOR, PICES and he was the first Secretary of IOC almost 50 years ago. We lost one of the outstanding promoters of international oceanography and of mutual assistance, particularly with Latin America. Being a chemical oceanographer, he was one of the few great scientists who brought together physical, chemical and biological oceanography in support of fisheries science. To me he was a good friend and advisor."

Patricio A. Bernal, Executive Secretary of IOC

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Pakistan setting up earthquake and tsunami warning system

training-pakistan.jpgPakistan is setting up an earthquake detection and tsunami early warning system supported by  UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

Installed at Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) centres in Karachi and Islamabad, the system can issue information on seismic activity within five minutes of its occurrence. Besides providing early warnings of land-based earthquakes to civil defence authorities, the system enables the national tsunami warning centre at PMD to send out speedy tsunami alerts for the Pakistani coastline.

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Traineeships in observational oceanography


The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is pleased to announce a second year of support from the Nippon Foundation for the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography.
The Centre will offer a 10-month programme of study at BIOS on observational oceanography. Primarily for students from developing countries but also for students from developed countries with plans to network in or with developing countries. Tentative dates: 1 August 2009 to 31 May 2010.

Travel and living expenses of the trainees will be covered by the NF-POGO Programme.
Full details at

Sustained Arctic Observations: A Legacy of the Polar Year bear-head.jpg Read on-line the article by Keith Alverson, Director, GOOS Project Office, and Head, Ocean Observations and Services, IOC/UNESCO,
published in EOS, Vol. 89,  No. 39, pages 364-365, on 23 September 2008.

Upcoming Events

First meeting of the Expert Team for Operational Ocean Forecast Systems

11 - 15 November 2008
Nice, France

GODAE Final Symposium

12 - 15 November 2008
Nice, France

ICG/IOTWS Working Group 1 intersessional meeting

14 - 15 November 2008
Bali, Indonesia

ICG/IOTWS Working Group 2 intersessional meeting

14 - 15 November 2008
Bali, Indonesia

ICG/IOTWS Working Group 6 intersessional meeting

14 - 15 November 2008
Bali, Indonesia

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