Territorially speaking, the high seas belong to no one – and so when it comes to exploitation, they belong to everyone.

Downloads of the Ocean Atlas

All graphs of the Ocean Atlas are published under a Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0. and can be continued to be used, processed and published under these conditions. You can find all downloads available in various formats (jpg, png, pdf) here.

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.

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