Special Issue "Sustainable Environment through Sustainability Science — Environmental Studies in the Era of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030)"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Tymon Zielinski
Guest Editor
Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Powstańców Warszawy 55, 81-712 Sopot, Poland
Interests: sustainability science; climate change; oceanography; atmospheric physics
Dr. Carlos Garcia-Soto
Guest Editor
Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Promontorio de San Martín s/n 39004 Santander, Spain
Interests: oceanography; climate change; remote sensing; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, using the philosophy of the SDGs, calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges, with climate change as one of the most important ones. Meeting the targets of Goal 13 (Climate) and Goal 14 (Oceans) will ensure that the targets of all other Goals are met and vice versa.

Knowledge of the current state of the climate change and hence the state of the ocean and effective management to achieve its conservation and sustainable use require new approaches, and sustainability science is one of them. Sustainability science is perceived as a new paradigm in research, which involves the achievement of all of the societal outcomes of the UN Decade. With this new paradigm, we need a new generation of scientists and research to focus on a holistic vision of the world, with special attention given to marine ecosystems.

These days, a lot of attention is given to environmental sustainability, yet the following problems still require intense and continuous research: To what extent will the climate change influence global environment and societies, and what is the ocean’s role in this process? Understanding and evaluating its rate as well as creating appropriate adaptation scenarios for the next generations, as well as describing the pace and character of these changes are among the most urgent challenges for humans.

Therefore, we invite research papers, inter- and transdisciplinary as well as review papers, contributing to the UN Decade of Ocean Science and the SDGs, which focus on ocean/climate issues as well as on ocean literacy and modern approaches to ocean environmental education.

Assoc. Prof. Tymon Zielinski
Dr. Carlos Garcia-Soto
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable science
  • climate change
  • ocean
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • ocean literacy

Published Papers

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