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One Planet - One Ocean

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The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface, connecting all corners of the world, and provides the planet with some of the most important and basic economic, cultural, and environmental functions. In many ways, it also remains the last frontier. Humans have a greater understanding of the surface of the moon than they do of the depths of the oceans, hinting at untouched natural resources and unrecognized ecosystem services.


But the ocean is under threat, stressed by careless lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population. Sustainable development hinges on our collective ability to be good stewards of the ocean.


One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Led by the teams at GEOMAR, the International Ocean Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Future Ocean, the course brings in some of the world's leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research. 

For more information on the course and authors,  visit our Website. 


Each weekly module includes video lectures, readings, interactive components and quizzes, and periodic Google Hangouts will be scheduled throughout the course.



Lecture 1: The Ocean – Our Future

1.1           The Ocean MOOC

1.2           Our Ocean: a Finite Resource

1.3           Ocean Evolution

1.4           Human influence on the Ocean

1.5           The Ocean as a Common Interest of Humankind

1.6           Concepts of Sustainability


Lecture 2: Ocean Circulation and Physics

2.1       Drivers of Ocean Currents

2.2       Changes in Ocean Circulation

2.3       Ocean Heat Storage and Sea Level

2.4       Water Cycles and Salinity

2.5       Ocean Prediction


Lecture 3: Drivers of Life in the Ocean

3.1       Marine Elemental Cycles

3.2       Dance of the Plankton

3.3       The Ocean’s Biological Pump

3.4       Ocean Change: a Mix of Interacting Stressors

3.5       Climate Engineering: No Easy Fix


Lecture 4: Ocean Ecosystem

4.1       Marine Food Chains

4.2       Evolution and Marine Biodiversity

4.3       Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

4.4       Alien Species Migrations and Range Shifts

4.5       Marine Ecosystem Change and Services


Lecture 5: The Deep Sea

5.1       Seafloor Dynamics and Plate Tectonics

5.2       Threats from the Sea Bed

5.3       Submarine Landslides and Tsunamis 

5.4       Seafloor Resources: Energy and Minerals

5.5       Life in the Deep-Sea

5.6       Ocean Exploration


Lecture 6: Human – Ocean Interactions

6.1       Values and Attitudes to the Ocean

6.2       The Ocean through History

6.3       Cultural Perspectives

6.4       From Attitude to Action

6.5       Regional Voices


Lecture 7: Ocean Governance

7.1       Governing Global Commons

7.2       The Law of the Sea’s Conceptual Framework

7.3       Governing Ocean Pollution

7.4       Governing Marine Biodiversity

7.5       Governing Ocean Shipping


Lecture 8: Ocean Wealth and Sustainability

8.1       Economic Models for Sustainability

8.2       Fisheries Economics and Management

8.3       Aquaculture and Mariculture

8.4       Non-renewable Ocean Resources: From Exploration to Exploitation?

8.5       Valuing Ocean Assets


Lecture 9: Coastal Change

9.1       Coastal Systems: Physical and Socioeconomic Dimensions

9.2       Coastal Ecosystems

9.3       Coastal Hazards

9.4       Deltas under Pressure

9.5       Future Coasts


Lecture 10: Ocean Solutions

10.1     From Ocean Science to Ocean Sustainable Development

10.2     Ecosystem and Nutrient Management

10.3     Climate Engineering

10.4     Sub-Seafloor CO2 Storage

10.5     Sustainable Energy from the Ocean

10.6     Marine Spatial Planning

10.7     Negotiating for Distributive Justice

10.8     Coastal Solutions: Ecosystem-Based Management 

10.9     Sustainable Management of Fisheries

10.10   Ocean Literacy 

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