SDG 14: Life Below Water

We invite you to read blogs by leaders in the field of ocean science research, browse our newest SDG14-related publications - and learn how to publish your research with Springer Nature.

The oceans supply substantial amounts of the world's food, but are often ignored in discussions about combating hunger and SN SDG logo © Springer Nature 2019making 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. 


In Conversation: The importance of the oceans in tackling climate change

In Conversation - Sir Philip Campbell and Jane Lubchenco

  • Sir Philip Campbell, Springer Nature Editor in Chief; Editor in Chief of Nature 1995-2018
  • Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and the Environment at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Join Philip and Jane as they discuss the critical interface of research and policy, and the importance of the oceans in tackling climate change. 

‘In Conversation’ is a series which, by bringing together 2 guests to discuss a topical issue, shines a light on new thinking and ideas.

Highlights from our Portfolio

npj Ocean Sustainability

npj Ocean Sustainability © Springer Nature

A new, fully open access, interdisciplinary journal. Open for submissions. 

Editor-in-Chief: Catarina Frazão Santos, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE), Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

The journal welcomes critical reviews, thought-provoking perspectives, and original research articles, both theoretical and case study-based, addressing a broad range of fields, their policy dimensions, and potential pathways and solutions to identified problems.

Opening Editorial: A Sustainable Ocean for All      Interview with the Editor-in-Chief

How Helper Sharks Discovered the World's Largest Seagrass Ecosystem

DH SDG14 shark teaser image © Springer NatureAn unlikely team of researchers and—get this—tiger sharks has discovered the world’s largest seagrass ecosystem. It’s been hiding in plain sight, just off the coast of the Bahamas. Their results appear in Nature Communications.

Listen to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN 'Oceans: Science, Quickly' to learn more. Joseph Polidoro talks to Austin Gallagher.

Austin J. Gallagher et alTiger sharks support the characterization of the world’s largest seagrass ecosystem (Nature Communications)

Blue Food Collection

dh SDG14 Blue Food image © Springer NatureFood systems must be transformed to end hunger and malnutrition, tackle climate change and conserve biodiversity.

The Blue Food Assessment, a collaboration between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University in partnership with EAT explores the role that aquatic foods can play in building healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems. 

In this collection journals in the Nature Portfolio shine a spotlight on how aquatic food systems — blue foods — can help end hunger and accelerate the creation of a sustainable global food system.

Access the collection

Community Blog Posts

The Springer Nature Sustainability Community is one of a growing number of Springer Nature communities that support our SDG Programme. 

Read recently published articles and thoughts from researchers working to solve the world's grand challenges. Featured are contributions related to SDG 14:

Open Access Books: Supporting the SDGs

Explore SDG-related open access books, find out how OA extends impact & reach, and discover funding opportunities

Information for Authors

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SN Applied Sciences Webinars

The SN Applied Sciences webinar series offers our authors and editors the opportunity to present their research to a global audience.

The Hawaiian Koʻa Card: coral health and bleaching assessment color reference card for Hawaiian corals

HVDC Transmission Technologies for Offshore Wind Power Plants

Installation of offshore wind turbines: challenges and opportunities

Ocean Sciences at Springer

The oceans provide much of our food and regulate our climate by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide. However, oceans are under serious threat.

Springer is very proud to support academics, professionals and practitioners around the world, offering cutting-edge research in a vibrant ocean sciences research collection. We support knowledge expansion and sustainable solutions.

Would you like to publish your research with Springer and contribute to our SDG 14 research collection? 

Contact one our publishing editors.

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.

World leaders committed to solutions for ocean health and wealth

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. 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.

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