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

Symbiosis: Art and design meet marine science

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

Deep sea mineral resources: Hype or future?

What can models tell us about the future ocean?

Citizen Science – a new model for future research

Editorial of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Stakeholder dialogue: The road to transdisciplinary research

Graduate School and Career Support

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

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

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

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

How can marine Genes help human wellbeing?

Science Support Facts


Science facts 2007-2017

Toward sustainable (ocean) development

Will climate change alter the future biosphere?

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

Kiel’s Massive Open Online Course on the Oceans

What future for ocean research?

Editorial of the Kiel University (CAU)

How do people see the future ocean?

The Future Ocean – Key facts

Can fisheries survive in a potentially depleted ocean?

How do we know what happens in the ocean?

Internationalisation of research: Is it worth the investment?

How can we assess the risks of sea level rise?

Future Ocean Family

How to order the print version of the report?

Data management: Making Ocean Data FAIR for all users

Getting a handle on marine research data

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

Science communication: Outreach off the beaten track

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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