Presentation about Data Buoy Vandalism
During the LII Ministerial Meeting of the CCAD (Central American Commission for Environment and Development) on June 7 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, NOAA - UNESCO will make a presentation on data buoy vandalism.
The issue of vandalism of marine scientific buoys calls for wide attention, that about 10% of buoy data are lost to vandalism (from NOAA, 2013). Worldwide marine meteorological and oceanographic communities have worked it during the last years. It is also an issue for the national authorities and hydrographic agencies that have faced it with for an even longer time when dealing with the simple buoys and markers for safe navigation.
Buoy vandalism has been highlighted in several IOC and WMO resolutions as well as an annual UN General Assembly resolution on Law of the Sea. In 2016 the IOC Executive Council and WMO Executive Council adopted a resolution calling for the joint Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) to develop an educational strategy to inform about and help reduce buoy vandalism.
DBCP is in the process of developing this strategy, as well as relevant bodies and organisations are asked to comment until mid- July 2017 on the draft strategy. The revised strategy will then be submitted to the 5th session of the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM, Jakarta, November 2017) where it is expected to be adopted formally.