17 Jul '11, 8am

Pirates disrupting climate change research

Piracy in the Indian Ocean is hampering the efforts of climate change researchers to the point where they have had to call in the Australian Navy. Pirate activity off the coast of Somalia has increased dramatically over recent years, so much so that a quarter of the Indian Ocean is now considered a “no-go” area. While it is a major problem for commercial shipping, it is also frustrating for scientists. Oceanographers and meteorologists say that being locked out of the region has put a hole in their data. Since January 2010, there have been about 280 reported incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia and as the activity escalates, the exclusion zone for shipping expands. The CSIRO’s Ann Thresher says a quarter of the Indian Ocean is currently off limits. “Pirates are a big problem at the moment for anybody who needs to make any sort of observations in the area of the nor...

Full article: http://www.eco-business.com/news/pirates-disrupting-clima...

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