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

What future for ocean research?

Can fisheries survive in a potentially depleted ocean?

The Future Ocean – Key facts


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

How can marine Genes help human wellbeing?

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

Editorial of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Editorial of the Kiel University (CAU)

Data management: Making Ocean Data FAIR for all users

Getting a handle on marine research data

Symbiosis: Art and design meet marine science

How can we assess the risks of sea level rise?

Graduate School and Career Support

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

Deep sea mineral resources: Hype or future?

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

Toward sustainable (ocean) development

Future Ocean Family

How to order the print version of the report?

What can models tell us about the future ocean?

Internationalisation of research: Is it worth the investment?

Stakeholder dialogue: The road to transdisciplinary research

Science communication: Outreach off the beaten track

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

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

Will climate change alter the future biosphere?

Science facts 2007-2017

How do people see the future ocean?

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

Kiel’s Massive Open Online Course on the Oceans

Science Support Facts

Citizen Science – a new model for future research

How do we know what happens in the 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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