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Length Length

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

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

All: English
Partial: Chinese, Deutsche, 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 and regulations 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

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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 and final exam
  • 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

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    Peter Bakker

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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    Martin Visbeck

    Kiel University

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    Ulf Riebesell

    Kiel University

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    Thorsten Reusch

    Kiel University

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    Johan Enqvist

    University of Cape Town

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    Konrad Ott

    Kiel University

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    Mojib Latif

    Kiel University

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    Nele Matz-Lück

    Kiel University

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    Mark Hannington

    Kiel University

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    Awni Benham

    International Ocean Institute

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    Martin Quaas

    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

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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

Governing Global Commons

1.5

The Ocean through History

1.6

From Science to Solutions

Module 2: Coasts

2.1

Coasts

2.2

Coastal Systems

2.3

Influences from Land

2.4

Influences from the Ocean

2.5

Coastal Ecosystems

2.6

Future of our Coasts

Module 3: Marine Ecosystems

3.1

Marine Food Chains

3.2

Ocean Change: A Mix of Interacting Stressors

3.3

Marine Ecosystem Change and Services

3.4

Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

3.5

Ecosystem and Nutrient Management

3.6

Marine Spatial Planning

3.7

Governing Marine Biodiversity

Module 4: Fisheries and Aquaculture

4.1

Our Ocean: A Finite Resource

4.2

Dance of the plankton

4.3

Marine Food Chains

4.4

Fisheries Economics and Management

4.5

Aquaculture and Mariculture

4.6

Sustainable Management of Fisheries

4.7

Summing it up

Module 5: Marine Life and Minerals

5.1

Evolution and Marine Diversity

5.2

Life in the Deep Sea

5.3

Resilience and Adaptation in the Ocean

5.4

Non-renewable Ocean Resources: From Exploration to Exploitation?

5.5

Seafloor Resources: Energy and Minerals

Module 6: Ocean and Climate

6.1

Human influence on the Ocean

6.2

Ocean Heat Storage and Sea Level

6.3

The Ocean’s Biological Pump

6.4

Climate Engineering

6.5

Sub-Seafloor CO2 Storage

6.6

Changes in Ocean Circulation

6.7

Ocean Prediction

6.8

Ocean Change: A Mix of Interacting Sensors