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. The Spilhaus World Ocean Map, a projection of earth centered on Antarctica, makes the ocean the focus of an astonishing worldview, pushing the land to the outer edges of the square and re-organizing our global geography around the true natural systems of the world ocean.

How do we change the way we see the world?


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 also makes them sources of CO2 emissions when they are degraded or destroyed... We [must ensure] that blue carbon ecosystems already identified for protection get the support they need.

When the United Nations released its World Ocean Assessment in 2015, it was clear that the oceans were seriously degraded, with…


Four Essential Steps toward a Responsible US Ocean Policy


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We calculate the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth…


Why the cost of doing Big Oil business must include reparations for wrongs done to the atmosphere, watershed, ocean, and public health


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“I want to change the way we see the world…”
~ Peter Neill

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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