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.


Lotta Kluger: "I always seek dialogue with fishermen"

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

CeOS gingerbread houses ready in time for Christmas

The construction of CeOS goes into the next phase - successful team building in times of COVID-19.

GenClim project approved

What are the implications of climate change for Eastern Atlantic fisheries? Bio-economic modeling to support the necessary policy adjustments.

Center for Ocean and Society officially opened

The new Center for Ocean and Society at Kiel University focuses on transdisciplinary marine research


Official launch of CeOS on November 27

Am 27. November 2020 wird das Center for Ocean and Society (CeOS) offiziell eröffnet. Aufgrund der Beschränkungen durch die Covid19-Pandemie findet die Veranstaltung über einen Livestream statt.

Project balt_ADAPT started

Adaptation of coastal fisheries in the Western Baltic Sea to climate change