Research topics of the Center for Ocean and Society

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 Natural Hazards and Effects on Coastal Areas

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.

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.

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.