SDG14: Life Below Water

The oceans supply substantial amounts of the world's food, but are often ignored in discussions about combating hunger and making food systems sustainable. With this in mind, Springer Nature has focused on SDG 14 with two principal approaches. We are publishing a number of high-level overviews from research consortia with a view to influencing discussions by heads of state and decision-makers in various sectors of society and policymaking. One example is the peer-reviewed outputs of the Norwegian government's international High Level Panel (HLP) for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, intended to stimulate the UN Ocean Summit. Another approach is to enhance oceans-related outputs across all of our imprints, all of our content types, and across the academic disciplines. On this page you can find some of our content highlights.

The ocean in humanity's future

Fourteen world leaders ask an international group of researchers where next for the ocean economy. This collection delivers some of the answers.

The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy is a group of world leaders committed to developing and catalysing solutions for ocean health and wealth that support the Sustainable Development Goals.  The panel commissioned a series of ‘Blue Papers’ assessing the health and economic potential of the oceans.  In this Collection we present peer-reviewed research papers, Reviews, Perspectives and Commentaries that distill and build on the findings in these Blue Papers to help navigate the transition to a more sustainable relationship with our seas. Discover the collection.

Oceanic Global

The Oceanic Global World Oceans Day 2020 event featured keynote speeches, panels, and presentations from leading names across industries including: Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, Bill McKibben, Jean-Michel & Fabien Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, OceanX, Terracycle Founder & CEO Tom Szaky, Gayatri Reksodihardjo – Lilley (LINI), Youth Activist Lilly Platt and many more. The event which typically takes place in the UN headquarters was open to the public for the first time, and accessible live from all continents around the globe.

Here three of the speakers, Bill McKibben, renowned American environmentalist, Michael Selden, the Co-Founder of Finless Foods, and Olivier Ceberio, Co-founder of Resolute Marine Energy, share their thoughts on research collaboration, public engagement, and what it means to make meaningful change.

SDG14 and societal impact

Discover SDG14 researchers' attitudes towards societal impact in this downloadable infographic, part of a larger project in partnership with the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), exploring the role of open research in accelerating progress on global societal challenges. Learn more.

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Subseafloor life and its biogeochemical impacts

from Nature Communications

Authors: Steven D'Hondt et al.

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Global ocean methane emissions dominated by shallow coastal waters

from Nature Communications

Authors: Thomas Weber et al.

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Isotopic composition of oceanic dissolved black carbon reveals non-riverine source

from Nature Communicatons

Authors: Sasha Wagner et al.

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Sediment dynamics and transport regimes in a narrow microtidal estuary

from Oceanic Dynamics

Authors: Rooni Mathew et al.


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Sidescan sonar meets airborne and satellite remote sensing

from Geo-Marine Letters

Authors: R.M. Capperucci et al.


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Accuracy of sand beach topography surveying by drones and photogrammetry

from Geo-Marine Letters

Authors: Elisa Casella et al.


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Blue carbon conservation in West Africa: a first assessment of feasibility

from Journal of Coastal Conversation

Authors: Tanya Bryan et al.


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The relentless march of mass coral bleaching: a global perspective of changing heat stress

from Coral Reefs

Authors: W.J. Skirving et al.


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Understanding and reconstructing the coastal sea level variations along the western boundary of the North Pacific

from Geoscience Letters

Authors: Penghui Li et al.


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