• Course Code:  OC

  • Term:  June 2017

  • Start Date:  Jun 14 2017

  • End Date:  Aug 16 2017

  • Duration:  9 weeks

  • Course Author(s)
    Cluster of Excellence Future Ocean , Kiel University, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Reseach Kiel, International Ocean Institute (IOI)

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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.



Module 1: One Planet – One Ocean


The Ocean: A finite resource

Concepts of Sustainability

Governing Global Commons

The Ocean through History

From Science to Solutions


Module 2: Coasts


Coastal Systems

Influences from Land

Influences from the Ocean

Coastal Ecosystems

Future of our Coasts


Module 3: Marine Ecosystems

Marine Food Chains

Ocean Change: A Mix of Interacting Stressors 

Marine Ecosystem Change and Services

Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

Ecosystem and Nutrient Management

Marine Spatial Planning

Governing Marine Biodiversity



Module 4: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Our Ocean: A Finite Resource

Dance of the plankton

Marine Food Chains

Fisheries Economics and Management

Aquaculture and Mariculture

Sustainable Management of Fisheries

Summing it up


Module 5: Marine Life and Minerals 

Evolution and Marine Diversity

Life in the Deep Sea

Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

Non-renewable Ocean Resources: From Exploration to Exploitation?

Seafloor Resources: Energy and Minerals


Module 6: Ocean and Climate

Human influence on the Ocean

Ocean Heat Storage and Sea Level

The Ocean’s Biological Pump

Climate Engineering

Sub-Seafloor CO2 Storage


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