Future Earth liaison: Craig Starger
The ocean forms a globally connected ecosystem and highly dynamic environment of physical, chemical, and biological interaction. It maintains a great diversity of life, exchanges mass and heat with the atmosphere and modulates our climate. The ocean, including coastal and nearshore areas, thus provide services essential for life on earth and to the history, culture and livelihoods of people across the globe. However, the ocean is also facing multiple challenges from climate change, overfishing, acidification, de-oxygenation and pollution. Accordingly, the United Nations referred to the importance of a healthy ocean in several of their Sustainable Development Goals.
The Future Earth Ocean Knowledge-Action Network seeks to address these challenges through solutions-oriented research and by engaging with stakeholders from diverse sectors and regions and by drawing on the strong fundamental research and innovative agendas of the international marine projects and communities in Future Earth and beyond.