Ocean Atlas

Data and Facts about our use of the ocean

On May 10th, 2017 the Ocean Atlas was presented for the first time in Berlin. With 18 contributions, it summarizes the most important dimensions of interactions between humans, the ocean and its coasts and was jointly published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Germany, the Heinrich Böll Foundation of Schleswig-Holstein, the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and the monthly newspaper for international politics, Le monde diplomatique.


Fifty pages and about 80 graphs of data and facts about the ocean as well as correlations with the ocean and its coasts were collected and are presented here with the help of scientists from Kiel University (CAU) and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, who work together in the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" on issues concerning the development of our oceans.

The aim is to emphasize the important role of the oceans and their ecosystems for the world's population and to stimulate a broader social as well as political discussion about the ocean as vital system and possibilities for its protection. The atlas is addressed not only to experts from scientific community but also to political and business leaders as well as to civil society stakeholders, to every citizen.

The atlas will be distributed free of charge and provided on request to educational institutions as teaching material. The Ocean Atlas is available in German and will soon also be available in English.

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