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Sea of Change (19 Oct 2005)


The sea is the source of life. Landmasses cover only 30% of the surface of the Earth, while the oceans take up the rest. The Earth is actually a planet of water.For long, many adventurers have braved the rough sea and stormy weather in crossing the ocean. Even in today ’ s world, maritime weather service is still vital. Hong Kong Observatory began its marine weather forecasts more than a hundred years ago. As early as in 1833, the Observatory provided time service to ocean-going ships and helped them locate themselves in the water, thus keeping in lane and avoiding stranding. Now, Hong Kong has become one of the busiest ports in the world, with numerous vessels entering the harbour every day. The Observatory is providing a much wider range of services, from tidal statistics for town planners and fishing lovers to wind direction prediction for the wind-surfing queen Lee Lai-shan. The ultimate goal of the various weather services is to ensure safety on the high seas. Despite the advanced technology, the water is still the least predictable matter in the world.

Meteorology Series
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
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