Length Length

6 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

4-6 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

All: English
Partial: Chinese, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Português

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW
The physics, biology and chemistry of

the ocean

A SCIENTIFIC OVERVIEW
GOVERNANCE AND ECONOMICS
The rules governing ocean use and misuse, plus related economics of

ocean ecosystems

GOVERNANCE AND ECONOMICS
HUMAN IMPACT
How our interactions with the ocean impact its

resilience

HUMAN IMPACT
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Energy production, fisheries and other systems

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

Overview

This course will begin on September 24, 2018. Enroll today!

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 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.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Martin Visbeck

    Martin Visbeck

    Professor, Physical Oceanography,

    Kiel University

  • Avan Antia

    Avan Antia

    Marine Biogeochemist,

    Kiel University

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

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course will run from September 24, 2018 through November 26, 2018.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: One Planet – One Ocean

1.1

The Ocean MOOC

1.2

The Ocean: A finite resource

1.3

Concepts of Sustainability

1.4

Economic Models of Sustainability

1.5

Governing Global Commons

1.6

Values and Attitudes to the Ocean

1.7

From Ocean Science to Ocean Sustainable Development

Module 2: Coasts

2.1

Coastal Systems

2.2

Influences from Land: Deltas under Pressure

2.3

Influences from the Ocean: Coastal Hazards

2.4

Threats from the Sea Bed

2.5

Coastal Ecosystems

2.6

Ecosystem and Nutrient Management

Module 3: Marine Ecosystems

3.1

Dance of the Plankton

3.2

Marine Ecosystem Change and Services

3.3

Valuing Ocean Assets

3.4

Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

3.5

Alien Species Migrations and Range Shifts

3.6A

Ocean Plastic - Where is it?

3.6B

Ocean Plastic - What to do about it?

3.7

Marine Spatial Planning

Module 4: Fisheries and Aquaculture

4.1

Marine Food Chains

4.2

Aquaculture and Mariculture

4.3

Fisheries Economics and Management

4.4

Sustainable Management of Fisheries

4.5

From Attitude to Action

Module 5: Marine Life and Minerals

5.1

Ocean Evolution

5.2

Evolution and Marine Biodiversity

5.3

Life in the Deep Sea

5.4

Non-renewable Ocean Resources

5.5

Seafloor Resources: Energy and Minerals

5.6

Ocean Exploration and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources

Module 6: Ocean and Climate

6.1

Human influence on the Ocean

6.2

Changes in Ocean Circulation

6.3

Ocean Prediction

6.4

Ocean Heat Storage and Sea Level

6.5

The Ocean’s Biological Pump

6.6

Ocean Change: A Mix of Interacting Sensors

6.7

Climate Engineering

6.8

Sub-Seafloor Carbon Storage