A leaflet of the UN Atlas of the Oceans

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The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability. The UN Atlas can also provide the ocean industry and stakeholders with pertinent information on ocean matters. About the Atlas...


USES of the oceans such as fishing, aquaculture, tourism, transportation, coastal settlements, mining, energy, biotechnology, non-consumptive use, dumping and waste disposal.


Broad, cross-cutting ocean ISSUES such as governance, sustainability, food security, human health, emergencies, climate global change, environmental impact, etc.


FACTS about the oceans, their origin, biology, ecology, dynamics, monitoring, related databases, maps and charts, etc.


Geography displays knowledge entries available inside other sections of the Atlas categorised by geographic region.

The Atlas is developed under the authority of UN-Oceans, the interagency coordination mechanism on oceans and coastal issues within the UN System

The UN Atlas of the Oceans website may contain links and references to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the UN Atlas of the Oceans, and the UN Atlas of the Oceans is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The UN Atlas of the Oceans provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the UN Atlas of the Oceans or the United Nations.