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The ocean covers 70% of the surface of our planet, it plays a major role in
regulating the Earth’s climate and is home to a multitude of species, many of
which we have yet to discover.
The ocean is crucial for the functioning of life on Earth. With global change,
many issues have emerged, and the consequences of these in the future
concern us all.
This book improves our understanding of what the ocean is, in all its breadth,
depth and complexity, from both the biological and physical perspectives,
including interactions and dynamics. Many innovative tools, infrastructures
and approaches are developed to explore the ocean, and to obtain the data
and information that are essential to expanding our knowledge. History tells us
much about the evolution of the techniques and representations connecting
human communities to the oceans, and the diverse ways in which we use them.
Whether we approach it in terms of its resources, its services or its territorial
stakes, the ocean is not only essential, but also vulnerable. To manage the
many risks associated with our seas, from submersion to pollution, we need
to plan ahead in the face of increasing human activities. The ocean is often
thought of as infinite and unlimited. It is seen by some as a common good, by
others as a key element of geostrategic issues. This book raises the question
of its future.
Collating 135 articles and drawing on the contributions of 160 researchers
and specialists, this book is a reference work. It explores the issues pertaining
to the ocean today, in tune with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and
with a view to understanding and proposing solutions.
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