About this collectionThe ocean was the origin of life on earth billions of years ago and it is vital for the future of humanity. It is vast, deep, harsh and somehow “rebellious” to uncover its secrets and hence, there is much that is unexplored and misunderstood. Scientists need to study the ocean to better understand its functioning and properties, as well as how they shape our environment and impact us. For example, do you know what the role of the ocean is on weather and climate? There still remains so much to explore in ocean biodiversity and the diverse resources that can be found (for example, fish stocks, bio-molecules, and also minerals, oil, and gas). How can we make sure that our use of these resources is done sustainably and how can we minimize our impacts (e.g. pollution, acidification) on the ocean as our human population increases?
In this collection of Frontiers for Young Minds, scientists from various disciplines in oceanography share their knowledge and motivations, give insights in innovative tools and recent discoveries to better understand this ocean. The collection will target a large range of oceanic environments from the open ocean to the coast, the surface to the abysses also including specific areas like coral reefs or sea-ice environments. It will cover marine disciplines that range from physics to chemistry, from biology to ecology and from economy to conservation and policies. It will address innovative tools and methods that are used to observe and characterize oceanic properties and features: ships and satellites, the highly diverse variety of robots as well as genomics or artificial intelligence. Finally, it will encompass a great variety of scales, ranging from the diel to geological time-scales and from loco-regional to global scales and also from the tiniest cells to the biggest living animals on our planet.
The United Nations have declared the 2021-2030 period as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”, stressing the urgent need to approach fundamental issues related to the ocean and the future of humanity on well sounded scientific grounds and knowledge. This Ocean collection aims to provide information to young readers that will help them to increase their understanding of the ocean and its central role in nature and our lives. We hope to empower them to make informed decisions in these challenging times and to engage to protect, study and enjoy its richness.
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Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, College of the Environment and Ecology, Xiamen University, China
University of South Florida, United States
Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV), France