Research Area The Environment and Natural Resources - Ocean | © "Rainbow Wave“ by Anthony Quintano, licensed under a CC BY 2.0 License

Ocean

The ocean regulates the global climate, provides humans with natural resources such as food, raw materials, and energy, and is essential for international trade and recreational and cultural activities. However, pressures resulting from overfishing, increasing resource extraction, various sources of pollution, and alterations to coastal zones and ecosystems constitute serious threats for ocean health and sustainability. Despite these threats, approaches to achieving more sustainable utilization of ocean resources and services are still rare, and a comprehensive understanding and assessment of the various oceanic factors influencing human wealth has not been established.  In particular, we analyze

  • how oceanic carbon uptake can be accounted for in international emission trading and accelerated to achieve net negative emissions,
  • how progress against Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Ocean and Coast) can be achieved and monitored,
  • how the contribution of oceanic resources and services to human wealth can be measured and reflected in national accounts, and
  • how international cooperation and effective governance to protect the  marine environment can be achieved.

The research in this theme takes place in close collaboration with the interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.

  1. Journal Article

    Eine Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse über Anpassungen im Küstenschutz von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern an den Klimawandel (In German Only)

    K. Rehdanz, J. Meyerhoff & A. Wunsch (eds.): Ökonomie des Klimawandels: Eine Bewertung von Anpassungsoptionen für die Küste von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Coastline Reports
    04/2022
    Jürgen Meyerhoff, Katrin Rehdanz, Andrea Kristina Wunsch

    This report presents the results of a cost-benefit analysis examining climate change adaptation strategies on the coast of Mecklenburg Western...

  2. Journal Article

    Klimawandel und Küstenschutz: Analyse der medialen Aufmerksamkeit in regionalen Tageszeitungen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (In German Only)

    K. Rehdanz, J. Meyerhoff & A. Wunsch (eds.): Ökonomie des Klimawandels: Eine Bewertung von Anpassungsoptionen für die Küste von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Coastline Reports
    04/2022
    Katrin Rehdanz, Tobias Möllney, Jürgen Meyerhoff ...

    Climate change adaptation is a major challenge for countries around the world, with news media being an important source of information on the...

  1. Policy Article

    Impacts of Ocean Acidification

    European Science Foundation
    08/2009
    Jelle Bijma, Katrin Rehdanz, Manuel Barange ...

    Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from our industrial and agricultural activities has...

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