SDG 14: 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.

UN World Oceans Day 2020

This year we are excited to be collaborating with Oceanic Global, the official non-profit and production partner to the United Nations World Ocean Day event on June 8th, the UN's first-ever fully digital rendition of the event.

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World Oceans Day Photo Competition

World Oceans Day Photo Competition

Get to know the speakers

This day-long event featuring 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 is 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.

Why researchers should remember they're citizens as well as scientists

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Read more thoughts from Bill McKibben on The Source blog.

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A complementary solution to sustainable wild-caught fisheries

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Learn more about how Finless Foods is working to reduce stress on fish harvest from the ocean.

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04 Jun 2020
Addressing water scarcity with ocean waves

Innovation

The co-founder of Resolute Marine Energy dives into the science behind the innovative Wave2O technology.

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04 Jun 2020

High Level Panel Papers

New Content ItemThe 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.

Oceans collection in Communications Biology

Oceans collection in Communications Biology

A collection of ocean-related research highlights recently published in the journal in honor of World Oceans Day 2020

SDG14 researchers 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.

A Good Old-Fashioned Sea Story

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Ocean Sciences at Springer

Springer's Ocean Sciences collection

Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean

Springer World Oceans Day 600x340 © Springer Nature 2020Springer features insights from key opinion leaders to support SDG 14. With over 2,000 books and 90 journals across all areas of the Ocean Sciences, Springer supports academics, professionals and practitioners around the world. Take a closer look at Springer's vibrant Ocean Sciences collection!


Author Interviews

Bringing problems to the public and other ways to raise awareness for our oceans

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Learn why one researcher is depending on younger generations for the future well-being of our oceans.

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Why working across fields and industries is critical for the future of oceans

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Read how a former science educator thinks about success against the goals and policy engagement.

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How scientists need to lead the public to a healthier planet

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Here one expert considers how researchers will be able to make real, lasting change against SDG14.

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Articles

These open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis.

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.

Nature Research 25 px © Springer Nature 2020

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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The Springer Nature Sustainability Community supports our SDG Programme. Read recently published articles and thoughts from researchers working to solve the world's grand challenges. Featured are contributions related to SDG14.

Fishing for marine debris

Fishing for marine debris

We show an overall decline in marine debris snagged by Hawai’i-based commercial pelagic longline vessels from 2008-2016. The debris was dominated by derelict fishing gear from other fisheries. We discuss possible mechanisms for the observed decline.

Integrating climate change in ocean planning

Integrating climate change in ocean planning

Few of the existing marine spatial plans consider climate change explicitly. We argue this is a critical oversight in a rapidly changing world and point to ways this could be addressed.

Plastic fallout from the North Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic fallout from the North Pacific Garbage Patch

The infamous ocean garbage patches forming on the surface of subtropical oceanic gyres illustrate that plastic is polluting the ocean on an unprecedented scale. In this study, we set out on a quest to shed new light on the long-term fate of floating plastic debris trapped in these giant vortices.