Bringing the natural and social sciences together for the future well-being of the coasts and seas
Harnessing renewable energy from the sea – using tides, waves and offshore wind – can help avoid the need to use fossil fuels and thus mitigate global warming and climate change.
Rising sea-levels, potential changes to storm climates and increasing human development demands that our coastlines and coastal communities can both withstand, and rebound after, hazardous impacts.
Our coastlines and coastal seas are vitally important. Approximately 3 billion people live within 200 kilometres of a coastline, and that figure is expected to double by the year 20.
Shipping and port operations generate numerous problems for the marine environment whilst marine pollution in all its forms presents a challenge.
Coastal resources are vital for global food security. Some of the world’s most diverse, complex and productive ecosystems are in coastal areas.
Achieving sustainable coasts and oceans must recognise the importance of understanding and enhancing human relationships with the sea.