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Science Year 2016*17 - Seas and Oceans

Science Year 2016*17 - Seas and Oceans

Seas and oceans cover two-thirds of the earth´s surface. They form a system about which only very little is known. This means that practically every expedition leads to new findings. The use of maritime resources and the influence of people on the seas and their ecosystems is the focus of the “Science Year 2016*17 - Seas and Oceans”.

“Discover, Use, Protect” is the Science Year´s motto: The worlds´ seas are extremely important as sources of food and raw materials but also for the climate and the ecosystem of the earth. Despite this, particularly the deep-sea regions are still largely unexplored. What technologies do scientists use to look for unknown life forms and to learn more about the sea floor? What can be done about the littering of the oceans? How can we avoid overfishing? And what is the significance of the acidification of the seas through the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the air?

Numerous conferences and events across the nation are devoted to these questions. The Leopoldina, too, is participating in various event formats in the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans.



Elmar König

Head of Department Science – Policy – Society, Head of Berlin Office

Phone 030 - 203 8997 - 460
Fax 030 - 203 8997 - 409
E-Mail elmar.koenig @leopoldina.org