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New Monaco Weather Lab seeks to raise the bar in maritime safety

The Monaco Weather Lab, a new training program devoted to marine weather, climatology and safety at sea, is scheduled to be inaugurated at the Monaco Yacht Club on Thursday.

Set up within La Belle Classe Academy, the training center of Monaco Yacht Club, and in cooperation with Navimeteo, a company that provides maritime weather information services, this project is dedicated to all maritime professionals.

How to correctly interpret weather data?

Thanks to technology, it is easy to access weather forecasts, but interpreting the data correctly is a different matter. The Monaco Weather Lab's primary objective, through theoretical and practical training, is to enable maritime professionals and boaters to know how to interpret the weather beyond technologies, to understand and safely manage the hazards of weather at sea and on the coast.

Long-term, the project aims to go further, helping Monaco to become a center where professionals in the field would receive information and advice on the safest and most comfortable routes to follow, with valuable details at the local level.

The Monaco Weather Lab builds on the principality's status as a maritime center. Monaco is home to prestigious organizations such as the Yacht Club, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The principality also houses head offices and operating branches of major shipping companies, insurance groups and yachting service management organizations. The Ports of Monaco serve yachts, cruise ships and sailboats.

Inaugural speakers

The Monaco Weather Lab’s inaugural evening will bring together meteorologists, sailors and renowned sea professionals for a conference on the theme of ‘Interpreting marine weather in the era of technology.’

Scheduled speakers include Matthieu Chevalier, head of the Department of Marine Forecasting and Oceanography Direction of Operations for Forecasting, Météo-France; Thierry Rossignol, president of the SNSM Alpes Maritimes; Pierre Lasnier, weather engineer, historical router and founder of MétéoMer; Christian Dumard, navigator and weather router; and Paolo Ghione, sports director, coordinator of the Monaco Yacht Club competition cell and former Olympic champion.