New Cluster research aims to connect Ocean System Understanding – Ocean Prediction and Scenarios – Sustainable Ocean Management and Governance, while still addressing the three main ocean challenges: Global Change, Hazards and Resources.
Scientific progress is required in basic ocean system understanding. This will in turn enable us to better interpret past and ongoing changes and develop science-based predictions and scenarios. Based on this scientific information the prospects of sustainable management and governance of the oceans can be assessed. The development and assessment of science-based sustainable governance options poses specific requirements. These include accuracy, timeliness and quality of ocean information, predictions and scenarios and basic understanding. This process then allows to prioritise more basic marine science. The new structure of fully integrated research within the Cluster allows to establish a new feedback loop. It operates between improved basic ocean system understanding, improved prediction and scenarios and improved ocean governance models.