International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

One Planet One Ocean: From Science to Solutions

Massive Online Course (ongoing)
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 our ocean. 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 the massive open online course One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions, 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.

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The Ocean encircles the globe, forming the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides a huge range of services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity and recreation that enhance our sense of well-being. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on the Ocean.

This Massive Open Online Course was broadcast in 2016, 2017 and 2018, attracting over 9000 participants from 62 countries. Although the course is not live at present, you can access all its resources through the link at the top right of this page. It provides you a knowledge base that brings to you to the science and fascination of the ocean. Marine scientists team with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you 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.

We address you – learners around the world who want to share our nuggets of insight and include these in your knowledge space. Whether you are looking to upgrade your education, are professionally involved in ocean issues or seek to know more about your local coastline, the fish you eat or the climate that the ocean regulates; we invite you to join us on this voyage of discovery.

As Arthur C. Clarke put it: „How inappropriate to call this planet earth when it is quite clearly Ocean”.

01    One Planet – One Ocean     
02    Coasts    
03    Marine Ecosystems    
04    Fisheries and Aquaculture    
05    Marine Life and Minerals    
06    Ocean and Climate