With Storm Ellen hitting Irish shores it's an ideal time to look at how our ocean and climate are inextricably linked.
The ocean plays a crucial role in the global climate system in a number of ways. The Marine Institute, with its national and international partners, works to observe and understand how our ocean is changing and analyses, models and projects the impacts of our changing oceans.
The Irish Marine Data Buoy Observation Network is managed by the Marine Institute in collaboration with Met Éireann and is designed to improve weather forecasts and safety at sea around Ireland.
The offshore buoys provide information on wave height, wind strength and temperatures. Real-time data is sent via satellite link through to Met Éireann and the wider European MET services.
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Download this QUIZ to see what you have learned.
And why not colour in a marine buoy.
This is all part of Oceans of Learning with thanks to The Marine Institute.