Blue Food Systems: Crucial components of climate-resilient blue economy in the Pacific

The ocean is at the centre of Pacific Food Systems.  Discover some crucial components of Climate-Resilient Blue Economy in the Pacific.  

Ocean Science Fact: The largest recorded blue whale is 33 meters long

Photo Credit: Jeff Hester / Ocean Image Bank   Our ocean teems with life ranging from the blue whale — the biggest animal on Earth — to tiny microbes. The largest recorded blue whale is 33.58 meters length, the height of an 11-story building.  Know more…

Ocean Science Fact: Did you know that a tsunami can travel at the speed of an airliner?

Because of the physics that governs the propagation of water waves, the speed of a tsunami depends only on the water depth. In the Pacific Ocean where the average depth is 4500 m, the speed of a tsunami is 750 km/h.  In comparison, large ocean swells…

Ocean Science Fact: The Pacific is 5.5 times wider than the moon!

The Pacific Ocean is more than 19,000 km wide while our beloved natural satellite is ‘just’ about 3,400 km wide. This is how huge and inspiring our ocean is!  Learn more: https://www.spc.int/pccos   

Ocean Science Fact: Climate change = Ocean change

  The dark blue ocean absorbs up to 93% of the excess heat caused by climate change, protecting us from the worst impacts. The ocean regulates the climate and weather, and the Pacific, as the biggest ocean on earth, is a climate engine.

Ocean Science Fact: Mangrove and other blue carbon ecosystems can sequester 10 times more carbon than boreal, temperate or tropical forest

Although mangroves account for less than 2% of marine environments, they carry out 10 to 15% of global carbon burial. Mangroves are carbon-absorbing machines that absorb carbon dioxide when growing and sink carbon to the seafloor when dead.   The Power…

Ocean Science Fact: Coral Reefs = Protection

Coral Reefs = Protection Study shows that coral reefs provide substantial protection against natural hazards by reducing wave energy by an average of 97%. There are 100 million or more people who may receive risk reduction benefits from reefs or bear…

Ocean Science Fact: More than 4,000 species of fish can be found throughout reef ecosystems

Across the world, coral reefs support more species than any other marine environment. In fact, more than 4,000 species of fish can be found throughout reef ecosystems.   

0cean Science Fact: Not as salty everywhere?

  Did you know that the Pacific Ocean is generally less salty than the Atlantic?  

Ocean Science Fact: The ocean absorbs about 1/3 of the CO2 created by human activities

At COP 26, the Glasgow Climate Pact recognised the importance of the ocean to address climate change. The message is clear: any climate action or sustainable development path will require a focus on the ocean.
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