A holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.
Is the ocean the real final frontier? Humans have a greater understanding of the surface of the moon than they do of the depths of these waters. But what we know of the ocean proves it hosts a wealth of opportunity – connecting the world; supporting important and basic economic, cultural and environmental functions – despite being under significant threat. Stressed by unsustainable lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population, how do we become good stewards of this massive natural resource?
In this course, learn from the world's leading experts on ocean science. They will present the issues and potential solutions – grounded in rigorous scientific research – to fight for our endangered waters.
This course is for:
- Those who loved Planet Earth and The Blue Planet.
- Sustainable development practitioners who need a science-based overview of preservation and conservation of the oceans and the ecosystems they support
- Private-sector actors – such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility, energy, fishing and other industries connected to the oceans – who are interested in understanding the sustainable interaction of their field with these resources
- Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying oceanography, environmental science, environmental law, sustainable development, sustainable business and related fields
- Climate change activists or practitioners interested in the current science and governance of ocean use and preservation
What will you learn
- The physics, biology, chemistry, and the geology of the ocean
- How human interactions with the ocean impact its resilience
- Rules and regulations governing ocean use, and related economics of ocean ecosystems
- Sustainable solution options for natural resource use, habitat protection, fisheries and coastal systems