The Authors

Martin VisbeckProf. Dr. Martin Visbeck: Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and Oceanograph at GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel

Martin Visbeck is chair in Physical Oceanography at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research and University of Kiel, Germany. Martin’s current research is concerned with ocean and climate variability and change with particular emphasis on the circulation of the Subpolar North Atlantic. Martin has served and is serving on several national and international advisory committees. Currently, he is the co-chair of the World Climate Research Project CLIVAR (Climate Variability and Predictability), which facilitates global climate research in the atmosphere and ocean. He is a member of the German National Committee for Global Change Research, the German Committee Future Earth, and is Speaker of the Kiel Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ which is advancing integrated marine sciences. In this cluster he also co-coordinates a research group on ocean sustainability ‘our common future ocean’. Together with researchers from economy, law and philosophy he works on the proposal of a sustainable development goal for ocean and coasts and for a global concept of marine spatial planning. Martin is a member of the leadership council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – a global initiative for the United Nations. The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.


Barbara NeumannDr. Barbara Neumann:
Institute of Geography, Research Group Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise, Kiel University


Barbara Neumann works at the Institute of Geography at Kiel University in the research group „Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise“.The aim of her project is to develop a transferable and adaptive analytical framework of sustainability and governance of coastal SES. Fundamental to the proposed framework is a well-grounded conceptualization of “coastal sustainability” which accounts for complexity and aspects of uncertainty, and links terrestrial, coastal and marine issues of sustainability and governance.


Joern_SchmidtDr. Jörn Schmidt:
Social Ecologist and Member of the Working Group “Sustainable Fisheries”, Department of Economics, Kiel University


Jörn Schmidt is social ecologist and member of the working group “Sustainable Fisheries” at the Department of Economics, Kiel University. Jörn is currently working in the realm of social-ecological systems and concepts of sustainability in the ocean. He is contributing to several Experts Groups within ICES and is co-chairing a working group on focusing on the coupling of economic and ecological model approaches. As official ICES representative he is attending meetings of the UN Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole for the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects. He is also in the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Sciences.


Ulrike KronfeldDr. Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani:
Institute of Social Sciences, Research Group on International Political Sociology (IPS), Kiel University


Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani is a physical oceanographer and works at the Institute of Social Sciences at Kiel University, where she is involved in teaching and research in International Relations. Her expertise lies in sustainable development, climate and ocean policy, security policy and questions of disarmament and arms control with a focus on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, especially chemical weapons and military contaminated sites in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Currently, Ulrike is carrying out a research project on the sustainability approach on the high seas investigating how the term ‘sustainability’ can be conceptualized for the high seas regarding the high uncertainty of the ocean. The research project is financed by the cluster of excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ at the University of Kiel.


Erik Van DoornErik van Doorn:
Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel University