The Beyond One Ocean Health (B1OH) project is implemented by The Center for Ocean and Society of the University of Kiel, Germany. Its goal is to recognize the impacts of global environmental change on:
(i) the health of ecosystems,
(ii) non-human organisms, and
(iii) humans with an emphasis on the ocean domain.
B1OH wants to contribute to three outcomes of the Ocean Decade specifically: “A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are understood, protected, restored and managed. […] A predicted ocean where society understands and can respond to changing ocean conditions. […] An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean in relation to human wellbeing and sustainable development.”
The various expertise ranging from including human and animal health (biomedical and public health), infection biology to natural ocean sciences, ocean governance, ocean economics, ocean ethics, ocean system modeling, monitoring, and data sciences and visualization will enable the decade project B1OH’s advancement toward these aspired outcomes. In doing so, the project will provide a holistic view of ocean health that not only goes beyond human health by addressing animal and environmental health and their interactions as well, but also by recognizing various interactions that are at play between the ocean and society.