Despite technological advances, marine weather forecasts are still difficult for researchers and scientists to get right. As NOAA’s National Weather Service division explains, “Weather forecasting is not a perfect science and conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly… Marine forecasting is made much more difficult than forecasting ashore due to a lack of available observations.”
Many studies have shown how climate change is wreaking havoc on our oceans (and the world). Warming sea temperatures, more powerful storms, rising sea levels are all quickly becoming a reality.
Over 90% of world trade is in the hands of the international maritime shipping industry. Every year, it moves more than USD 4 trillion of goods. For shipping companies, there’s a lot of pressure to remain on schedule, protect the cargo ship and crew, and ensure profitability. And we can’t say it’s easy.