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.


New short film online about the nitrogen cycle and potential tipping points in the Humboldt Current

(13.01.2022) Latest project clip now available on Youtube

Tipping point in Humboldt Current off Peru leads to species shift

(7.1.2022) Researchers reconstruct link between ocean warming and shift to smaller fish species using sediment samples from the Humboldt Current System

Expedition M178 HazELNUT

(9.12.2021) Expedition M178 HazELNUT with the German research vessel METEOR successfully completed work off Etna and is now on its way to the third active volcano on its journey from Emden, through the Mediterranean to the Canary Islands.

CeOS member of the German Netzwerk Reallabore

(2.12.2021) Exchange for networking science and society is strengthened

Climatic changes and overfishing depleted Baltic herring long before industrialisation

Historical sources indicate that overfishing of the Baltic herring began over 500 years ago and continues to have an impact today

Podcast: Sustainable fishing –

(4.11.2021) A thought experiment examines opportunities and prerequisites


Auf Fangfahrt in die Vergangenheit: Aus dem Tagebuch des Eckernförder Fischers Fiete Daniel 1918-1924


23. Kieler Marktplatz - Süßwasservorkommen unter dem Meer: Eine Ressource der Zukunft?

23. Kieler Marktplatz - Süßwasservorkommen unter dem Meer: Eine Ressource der Zukunft? Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft erforschen neue Wege

Online launch of new socio-ecological strategy game “GoJelly”

(27.9.2021) Games- Bringing science to the public


Vulnerability index to support local fisheries management

(21.9.2021) Vanessa Steinweg presents results at ICYMARE (6pm)

Innovation clusters against climate change

(10.9.2021) How permit markets can be used to spur technological breakthroughs