Coastal Systems: Physical and Socioeconomic Dimensions
The Ocean encircles the globe, forming the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides a huge range of services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity and recreation that enhance our sense of well-being. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on the Ocean.
The resources developed by Ocean MOOC are intended to be of use to individuals seeking to learn about integrated ocean issues, as well as for teachers, multipliers at the local and regional level, and anyone interested in accessing and disseminating ocean knowledge.