The MISSION OF THE FUTURE OCEAN is to use the results of multidisciplinary scientific research on the past and present ocean to predict the future of the Earth’s marine environment. This involves understanding changes to the ocean as well as the interaction between society and the ocean with regards to marine resources, services and risks. This Mission carries with it an obligation to develop and assess scientifically-based global and regional ocean governance options, taking their legal, economic and ethical aspects into account.


For more details about the various activities of the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", please inform yourself on the cluster website

Science communication: Outreach off the beaten track

Any sustainable ocean management approach requires a global perspective

How can marine Genes help human wellbeing?

Toward sustainable (ocean) development

What future for ocean research?

Science Support Facts

Graduate School and Career Support

ISOS and IMAP – tailored support for academic careers and beyond:

What can models tell us about the future ocean?

“One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions”

Kiel’s Massive Open Online Course on the Oceans

The Ocean System: Do we really understand what is going on?

Science facts

Combining expertise through every faculty of Kiel University

Can fisheries survive in a potentially depleted ocean?

Put Your Heads Together!

About the cooperation between the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design and the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”

Will climate change alter the future biosphere?

How do people see the future ocean?

Stakeholder dialogue: The road to transdisciplinary research

Citizen Science – a new model for future research

Deep sea mineral resources: Hype or future?

Internationalisation of research: Is it worth the investment?

Data management: Making Ocean Data FAIR for all users

Getting a handle on marine research data

Investigating the ocean from a multidisciplinary perspective

Social and political science: Helping to make the ocean relevant to everyone

From the Kid’s University to ocean:lab in Kiel

How to order the print version of the report?

How can we assess the risks of sea level rise?

Symbiosis: Art and design meet marine science

How do we know what happens in the ocean?

The Future Ocean

We have become frighteningly effective at altering nature.

Sylvia Earle

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

Isaac Asimov

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