Research focus

The Sustainable Ocean Community currently focuses its efforts around the following four main themes and related goals:

  1. Ocean change: understand the impact of climate change on the ocean and resulting risks for humanity, investigate ocean-based solutions to climate change
    (linked to UN ocean decade challenge 5)
  2. Ocean health: understand and address marine anthropogenic impacts; protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity
    (linked to UN ocean decade challenges 1 and 2)
  3. Ocean law and governance: understand and (re-)shape (inter-)national legal frameworks to contribute to the preservation of the marine environment and sustainable use of the ocean
  4. Ocean literacy and empathy: understand and eventually change humanity’s relationship with the ocean through dedicated education and public engagement projects
    (linked to UN ocean decade challenge 10)