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.


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

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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

Stellenausschreibung wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft


Vulnerability index to support local fisheries management

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


Webinar: Paleoceanographic evidence for smaller fish species in a warm and oxygen-poor ocean

(23.9.2021) Dr. Renato Salvatteci from CeOS will present his paleoceanographic research.

Innovation clusters against climate change

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

Understanding ocean oxygen depletion

(23.8.2021) New study helps understanding oxygen depletion - a sound basis for predicting changes in the future.

Stellenausschreibung wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft


Futuro de la productividad pesquera en la corriente de Humboldt: Una perspectiva paleoceanográfica

CeOS Team member Dr. Renato Salvatteci will present at the Conferencia de Sostenibilidad Marina (Peru).