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 access the cluster website

Editorial of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Graduate School and Career Support

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

What future for ocean research?

How can we assess the risks of sea level rise?

Data management: Making Ocean Data FAIR for all users

Getting a handle on marine research data

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

Kiel’s Massive Open Online Course on the Oceans

Editorial of the Kiel University (CAU)

Deep sea mineral resources: Hype or future?

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

Future Ocean Family

How do we know what happens in the ocean?

Can fisheries survive in a potentially depleted ocean?

Citizen Science – a new model for future research

Editorial of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

How can marine Genes help human wellbeing?

The Future Ocean – Key facts

How do people see the future ocean?

Science communication: Outreach off the beaten track

Science facts 2007-2017


Science Support Facts

Symbiosis: Art and design meet marine science

How to order the print version of the report?

Toward sustainable (ocean) development

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

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

Internationalisation of research: Is it worth the investment?

What can models tell us about the future ocean?

Will climate change alter the future biosphere?

Stakeholder dialogue: The road to transdisciplinary research

Editorial of the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (MKH)

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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