Oceans are at the very origin of life on Earth. They are now at the very core of humanity's survival:

  • micro-plastics contaminate ocean life, fish contaminating humans;

  • climate change and rising nutrient loads cause an ongoing deoxygenation which is rapidly expanding (low-oxygen zones);

  • global warming contributes to sea-level rising, threatening human settlements, esp. islands and low lands;

  • ocean acidification  affects fish and sea food, both in quality and quantity...  

As a strongly interdependent ecosystem, the global ocean is clearly endangered. Solving one issue will not be sufficient to contain the situation. Even less to reverse it.

This is the reason why the Ocean Open University dedicates itself to raising awareness about these crucial global issues and aims at offering local solutions, promoting sustainability in all ocean-related human activities.

Dedicated to the future of ocean and ocean-related activities, the Ocean Open Institute is involved in participatory science, curation, conferences, action-learning, advisory and project management

Low and declining oxygen levels in the open ocean and coastal waters affect processes ranging from biogeochemistry to food security.

The global map indicates coastal sites where anthropogenic nutrients have exacerbated or caused O2 declines to <2 mg liter−1 (<63 μmol liter−1) (red dots), as well as ocean oxygen-minimum zones at 300 m of depth (blue shaded regions). [Map created from data provided by R. Diaz, updated by members of the GO2NE network, and downloaded from the World Ocean Atlas 2009].