A series exploring specific initiatives, novel technologies and other advancements to improve efficiency and safety of aquaculture as a positive contribution to out future food supply and global health

Aquaculture prawn ponds, Queensland, Australia
CSIRO Science, Creative Commons

A group of Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills on Machias Seal Island, 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Cutler, Maine. Credit: Ray Hennessy @rayhennessy on Unsplash

Sea level rise and coastal inundation are changing the agricultural landscape around the world.

Scientists are working on halophytic (salt-loving) plants, including Salicornia bigelovii samphire (pictured). It is hoped that salt-tolerant agricultural ingredients will become staples of a global diet in a world where freshwater irrigation is increasingly unstable. Image credit: ICBA

…saltwater irrigation has been studied for decades, and experiments have succeeded while research and experiments have grown and demonstrated the viability of some plants such as halophytes that have the potential to change our conventional food landscape. …


What happens when the water cycle fails because we won’t change our water wasting ways? And when those dry rivers meet the sea, what then? How will that outcome affect our coasts and oceans? How will we live, upland and down, without water?

Intense weather events are calling attention to not just local but worldwide water crises caused by climate. Coastal inundation, community disruption, dislocation and recovery are problems that we seem increasingly unable to withstand. The concept of “sponge cities” are a revolutionary planning tool to integrate urban design with water management strategies such as ground conditions, road and construction patterns and more, to create responses to rapidly changing coastal conditions.

Visualization as a powerful tool for understanding

The Spilhaus Projection World Ocean Map was developed in 1942 by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus. Centered in Antarctica, the world oceans come together to form a singular, connected, contiguous body of water. Photo credit: StoryMaps ArcGIS

Visualization is a powerful tool for understanding, opening our minds and enabling transformative change through a new way of seeing. …

Hydrology, the hydrospatial perspective, and the importance of multi-dimensional analyses for planning and decision-making, breaking down the boundaries of science to allow for comprehensive inclusion of multiple perspectives and better understanding of complex ocean systems toward international goals and objectives

Are we polluting the night sky forever in the name of modern navigation and demand for instant global communications?

Wisata Hutan Mangrove Deni Febriliyan @defil

Blue carbon ecosystems include seagrass meadows, tidal marshes, and mangroves, all of which are among Earth’s most efficient absorbers and long-term storers of carbon. This capacity for carbon storage…

Four Essential Steps toward a Responsible US Ocean Policy

World Ocean Observatory

Dedicated to sharing information about ocean issues: climate to trade, culture to governance. The sea connects all things. Online at WorldOceanObservatory.org.

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