About this collectionThe ocean allowed life to develop on earth billions of years ago, it is vital for all of us and it will guarantee the future of humanity. The ocean is vast, deep, harsh and somehow “rebellious” to reveal its secrets and hence, there is much that is unexplored and not yet understood.
Scientists need to study the ocean to better understand its functioning, its properties, as well as how it shapes our environment and impacts us. For example, do you know what the role of the ocean is on weather and climate? There also remains so much to explore and investigate as diverse oceanic resources (fish stocks, bio-molecules, renewable energies but also minerals, oil and gas…). How can we make sure that our use of these resources is respectfully done and sustainable and how can we minimize our impacts (e.g. pollution, acidification, deoxygenation) on the ocean as our human population increases?
In this Collection of Frontiers for Young Minds, ocean scientists from various disciplines explain recent discoveries or fundamental concepts. They share their knowledge and motivations and give insights into innovative tools and methods used to better understand our ocean. The Collection targets a large range of oceanic environments from the open ocean to the shores, the surface to the abysses including specific areas like coral reefs. It also targets the connections of the ocean with its interfaces (atmosphere, ice, coast). It seeks to cover marine disciplines that range from physics to chemistry, from biology and genomics to biodiversity and ecology, and from economy to conservation and policies. Finally, it encompasses a great variety of scales, ranging from the diel to geological time-scales, 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. The oceanic sciences are indeed undertaking a revolution thanks, in particular, to robotization and the massive intrusion of big data and artificial intelligence. This Ocean Collection aims to accompany this evolution 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.
See here our previous Volumes: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 and Volume 4!
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Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV), France
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States
North Pacific Marine Science Organization, Canada
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, College of Ocean and Earth Sciences, Xiamen University, China