Center for Ocean and Society

The Center for Ocean and Society conducts interdisciplinary research on ocean and society and involves societal actors in transdisciplinary projects.

The research at the Center for Ocean and Society is based on the understanding of seas and coasts as socio-ecological systems. Experts from economics, geology, oceanography, fisheries biology, chemistry and other disciplines work together on projects with the active involvement of societal actors. This makes it possible to examine a topic from different perspectives and changes the approach to these problems. To assess different scenarios, methodologically specific models from economics as well as climate research, ocean research and ecosystem research are linked.

Marine Food Security

Researchers are investigating how marine food can contribute to global food security. Here, small-scale coastal fisheries in poorer coastal regions play an important role, as does the sustainable use of new technologies, e.g. in aquaculture.

Marine and Coastal Resource Economy

Seas and coasts are characterized by a variety of different economic activities, for example in the fields of fisheries, offshore wind power or tourism. Every use influences the interests and opportunities of other sectors. The ecosystem and its biodiversity are also changed by anthropogenic influences.

Marine and Coastal Geohazards

The coastal regions are among the most important habitats for mankind. They are densely populated, accommodate infrastructures such as ports and industrial plants and are of great tourist importance. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change, erosion and flooding threaten coastal regions worldwide - the largest cities in the world are located in endangered coastal areas.

Stakeholder Dialogue

The Center for Ocean and Society promotes the dialogue between science and society and therefore strengthens the exchange between scientists, civil society, politics and business. This transdisciplinary approach intends to support solution-oriented science to find ways for sustainable management of coasts and oceans.


UN Ocean Decade Virtual Launch

(2.6.2021) “The ocean we need for the future we want” Germany launches UN Ocean decade in virtual event

Hope for the Recovery of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako

(19.4.2021) Importance of ecosystem service studied

Same same, but different!

(14.4.2021) Modeling and understanding social-ecological knowledge diversity

Ökologischer Zustand der Eckernförder Bucht soll besser werden

Neues Projekt unter Leitung der Uni Kiel entwickelt praxisnahe Lösungen für die Ostsee-Region bis zum Jahr 2030

New short film about Peruvian fisheries and their economic network

(8.3.2021) Latest project clip now available on Youtube

Create useful knowledge for good policy-making

(23.2.2021) CeOS will support a new HELCOM project

Job Opening

(18.2.2021) We are seeking a scientist in the field of integrative (qualitative and/or quantitative) natural hazard analysis

New paths for Humboldt Tipping project meetings and communication- a virtual conference in

(15.2.2021) Humboldt Tipping internal conference held in a virtual format

Where do large earthquakes originate in the Ionian Sea off eastern Sicily?

(2.2.2021) New data helps to better assess the hazards in the region.

Lotta Kluger: "I always seek dialogue with fishermen"

Since January, the marine ecologist has been leading the Marine Food Security team