NiMet warns Nigerian port operators of rising ocean water

Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA

Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has stated that the water level in the ocean is rising due to climate change and warned Nigerian seaport operators to be on guard against the imminent danger of coastal erosion, storm surges, stronger ocean waves and swell which may follow.

NiMet however urged the operators and coastal communities y to pay more attention to the development of weather and climate services with a special focus on marine and ocean-related activities amidst the increasing threat of changing climate to secure lives and property along Nigeria’s coastal belt.

Director-General/CEO, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, stated this in his keynote address on the occasion of World Meteorological Day (WMD), recently. The theme of the event was The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather.

Matazu said that the science of weather and climate is never complete without adequate knowledge and reference to the ocean stating that the ocean plays a critical role in weather occurrence on different timescales including the changing climate and its variability.

He stated further that the ocean covers about 70% of the earth’s surface, performing a major role as a driver of the world’s weather and climate, and the global economy, carrying more than 90% of world trade and sustaining 40% of humanity that lives within 100 km of the coast.

“The water level across the world ocean including the one along the coastal belt of Nigeria has been rising due to changing climate. The implication is the increasing danger of coastal erosions, storm surges, stronger ocean waves and swells exacerbated by global temperature increase.

“The increasing intensity and frequency of convective storms and gusty winds are influenced by Air-Sea momentum and heat exchanges aggravated by global warming. Hence, to secure lives and property along the coast, mitigate the impact of climate and weather extremes and contribute positively to the socio-economic lives of our nation’s populace, huge investments in meteorological and hydrological services are inevitable.

“The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), over the years, with support from the Federal Government of Nigeria has been investing in meteorological data generation both along the coast and inland. NiMet as of today has over 10 marine meteorological stations along the coastal belt of the country. The data generated are so critical for past assessments and future predictions including nowcasting,” said Matazu.

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