HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Following its major impact in
German-speaking countries, the "World Ocean Review" (WOR) is now
available in English.
WOR's declared aim is to mobilize science in order to create an
understanding of the state of the world's oceans, thus generating
awareness of ocean concerns among the international public.
Our oceans are changing: climate change is driving temperatures and sea
levels upwards, and is rapidly acidifying seawater. Our
over-exploitation and pollution of the oceans will have drastic and
sustained impacts on the planet's largest ecosystem - yet the
consequences are still largely unknown.
Scientists all over the world are therefore engaged in an urgent quest
to better understand the opportunities and risks that our oceans hold
for the future.
Nikolaus Gelpke, initiator of the WOR project and publisher of the
mareverlag publishing house, established the non-profit company maribus
gGmbH two years ago with the aim of increasing public awareness of the
interconnected nature of the diverse aspects of the marine environment
and thus boosting marine conservation. The World Ocean Review is
maribus's first publication. To produce this review, a team of partners
were assembled who are renowned for their many years of commitment to
the ocean realm and expertise at the forefront of scientific inquiry:
The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" - a research alliance
involving more than 250 scientists investigating climate and ocean
change at diverse institutes in the German city of Kiel - emerged as
the key partner. Drawing on the alliance's outstanding expertise and
applying an interdisciplinary approach, more than 40 scientists within
the Cluster have authored this first World Ocean Review. Cooperation
with the mareverlag publishing house has delivered a text written in a
clear and accessible style.
The two other partners are the International Ocean Institute (IOI)
founded by Elisabeth Mann Borgese, and the non-profit Ocean Science and
Research Foundation (OSRF) also established by her. The IOI provides
logistical support, its close association with the work of the United
Nations playing an important role. The OSRF provides financial backing
for the project.
Nikolaus Gelpke, director of maribus and publisher of mareverlag, is
delighted that WOR has succeeded in condensing a vast amount of
information into a successful publication: "The World Ocean Review
allows us to understand the complexity of our oceans and the critical
nature of their present state, thus bringing these concerns and the
urgent need to respond to the forefront of public awareness."
Professor Dr. Martin Visbeck, spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence
"The Future Ocean": "WOR delivers an accessible report on the state of
the world's oceans and their interplay with ecological, economic and
sociopolitical conditions. This first World Ocean Review explains the
key role played by the oceans in climate change processes, probes the
uncertain future of our coasts, and reveals the mechanisms behind
mounting marine pollution and misguided fishery policies. Yet it also
highlights the search for mineral and energy resources on the ocean
floor that may be vital for the future, and the great prospects of
deriving medical knowledge and active substances from the oceans."
The World Ocean Review is not sold, but distributed free of charge.
There is no commercial intent. The review is available at http://www.worldoceanreview.com. Beside the English-language version, there is also one in German. The
entire review will be published simultaneously online at http://www.worldoceanreview.com and can be used without restriction for non-commercial purposes.
World Ocean Review, published by maribus gGmbH, Hamburg 2010, 236 pages,
with numerous illustrations and photographs, paperback.
http://www.worldoceanreview.com, http://www.mare.de, http://www.ozean-der-zukunft.de
SOURCE maribus gGmbH
For further information:
Contact maribus gGmbH:
20457 Hamburg / Germany
Contact >>The Future Ocean<<:
Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel,
Exzellenzcluster >>The Future Ocean<<:,
Dr. Anke Feiler-Kramer,