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The idea of regional cooperation can fill the ambition gap between national energy strategies and a standardized EU-wide approach.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Pollution Trash in the Surf, Poison in the Sea

The mounds of garbage on some coasts pose clearly visible problems. Other types of pollution are less visible – but every bit as serious.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – The International Community Is Losing Ground—As Individual Countries Gain It

For thousands of years people have taken to the sea to fish and trade. Wars have been fought as rival rulers claimed the rights to the sea and its exploitation. Those conflicts have continued to this day.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – 300 Years – Technological Development and Metal Consumption

Unseen treasures with mysterious names beckon from the depths of the ocean: manganese nodules, cobalt crusts, black smokers. Hidden within them are rich concentrations of valuable metals.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Megacities: Dangerous Developments, Floods, Tsunamis

Flooding, erosion, sinking: our coasts are under ever-increasing pressure. People who live in coastal regions are especially endangered – and there are an ever-increasing number of them.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Subventions and Catches – What's Left Over?

Fish is a cornerstone of global food security. This global dependence on fish is actually the greatest threat to our fish populations. Many are overfished, and the number is rising.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Heavy Fuel Oil – More Emission Control Areas Are Needed

Coffee, bananas, smartphones, automobiles: cargo ships transport goods around the world. 90 percent of global trade is seaborne. Who does what – and who pays for it all?

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – The Maritime Tourism Boom

Cruise ships carrying 4,000 travelers, all-inclusive beachfront resorts – increasing global tourism places an ever-greater strain on the ocean and coastal populations.

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Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Another Way – Aquaculture as a Closed Nutrition Cycle

Aquaculture is booming – in 2014 nearly every second fish consumed by people came from a fish farm. The ecological and social problems caused by this aquatic stockbreeding are immense.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Global Energy Production, Power Plants and Reserves

Countries are turning their attention to the ocean in order to ensure that future demands for energy and raw materials can be met. Which direction will they take? What are the opportunities and risks? An overview.


Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – International Governance Structures –  Multi-sectoral Approach & Plethora of Organizations

Nearly half the Earth is covered by areas of the ocean that lie beyond national jurisdictions. Considering the importance of the oceans for our food supplies, preventing climate change, and preserving biodiversity, this is irresponsible. Change is needed, urgently.

Many experts contributed their expertise to the Ocean Atlas, particularly scientists working together at the University of Kiel’s Future Ocean Cluster of Excellence to research the development of our oceans. Here's the who is who.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Global Variations – The Rising Sea Level and Surface Warming

The ocean is far, far away from Springdale, Arkansas. And yet the city is feeling the effects of the rising sea level. Seeking safety, 10,000 inhabitants of the Marshall Islands have made the city their new home.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Where Does the Warmth Go?

Without the ocean, climate change would proceed far more quickly. The massive volumes of water in the seas greatly influence the changes occurring in our atmosphere.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Top 20 countries with the worst plastic waste management

Beaches littered with plastic garbage, seabirds strangled by bits of plastic – these images are ubiquitous today. Yet we also see photos of people cleaning beaches and hear about plans for purifying the ocean. Are things actually improving?

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Living Memory – Old Fishermen Tell Their Tales

The plants and animals that currently live in the “wilderness” of the ocean or in marine protected areas are just a fraction of what once thrived in the seas. To understand what we’ve lost and what we might be able to recover, we need to know what used to be.

Infographic from the Ocean Atlas – Causes of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico – Pig Farming and Intensive Agriculture

Each summer, a 20,000-square-kilometer dead zone forms in the Gulf of Mexico. The cause of the lifeless water lies not in the gulf itself but on dry land, 2,000 kilometers upriver.


Key insights and policy recommendations for decisionmakers on local, national and European level from a study tour to the North Sea region.

President Obama speaks to the Airman of Nellis Air Force Base Nev. during a visit to Las Vegas. The president spoke about issues concerning world energy and the importance of solar power. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Brian Ybarbo, released)

President Barack Obama discusses the long-term potential of renewable energies and sees the global energy transition as irreversible. Now more than ever, the world needs to embrace the opportunity of clean energy and cooperate on its climate goals.