Happy World Oceans Day!
On Oceans Day ScienceOpen joins forces with the international scientific community on calling for more awareness, better policies and better protection for the largest ecosystem of our planet.
Oceans cover the majority of the earth, but only a small portion of ocean waters have been explored. Despite humanity’s utter reliance on oceans, and compared to the breadth and depth of what they give us, oceans receives only a fragment of our attention and resources in return.
And what better way to celebrate Oceans Day, than by exploring research related to SDG 14 – Life below water? Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Join us in exploring SDG14-related research and all the innovative publications and scholarship featured in our network of over 86 million publications.
Exploring Life Below Water on ScienceOpen
Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program is an Open Access article collection that contains the Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program and Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program summarizing the scientific and technical accomplishments of each IODP expedition.
The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics using ocean-going research platforms to recover data recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks and to monitor subseafloor environments.
IODP research expeditions conducted throughout the world’s oceans provide valuable information about under-water ecosystems, and below we present a few of the findings from expedition summaries and reports, which among other goals focused on discovering the extent of marine life and microbiology of ocean’s floor. Don’t forget to follow the collection on ScienceOpen for exciting upcoming discoveries by the IODP.
- Expedition 360 summary – An expedition which focused among other goals, on constraining the extent and nature of life at deep levels within the ocean lithosphere.
- Site U1473: Expedition 360 – By employing modern protocols for obtaining samples free from contamination, Expedition 360 aimed to determine the microbiology of the nonvolcanic ocean crust and hence explore the extent to which life exists in the subseafloor.
- Data report: microbial diversity in sediment near Grizzly Bare Seamount in Holes U1363B and U1363G: Expedition 327 – Microorganisms inhabiting sediment in close proximity to recharging basement outcrops are of interest because of the enhanced advective fluid flow in these locations, which is expected to exert unique selective pressures on the resident microbial communities. Here, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) boreholes were used to access sediment microbial communities near Grizzly Bare recharge seamount on the Juan de Fuca Ridge eastern flank.
- KNOX-02RR: drilling site survey – life in subseafloor sediments of the South Pacific Gyre: Expedition 329 – The subseafloor sedimentary community of this region is predominantly aerobic to more than 8 m below the seafloor, unlike previously explored subseafloor communities. Generation of hydrogen by radiolysis of water may be a significant food source for this subseafloor community.
Journal of Ecological Society is a peer-reviewed, gold Open-Access scholarly journal offering research, analysis, and perspectives in the field of ecological conservation and management of natural resources, to scientists and civil society. The journal features important articles on issues of conservation and protection of ecosystems, among which interesting publications about protection of water ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Filling in the Gaps for Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation – Biomonitoring for Baseline Information and Capacity Building in Meghalaya, India
- Identification of Biodiversity ‘Hot Spots’
- Conservation of Coastal Biodiversity
Marine Life Science & Technology provides a platform that introduces new discoveries and theories associated with marine organisms, bioresources, and biotechnology. The journal is intended for marine scientists, biological oceanographers, conservation biologists, marine technologists, policy makers and legislators.
MLST aims to foster multidisciplinary approaches to marine sciences, welcoming research papers across a broad range of marine life sciences and technologies with an emphasis on synergistic interactions of various disciplines.
- Chemical and biological diversity of new natural products from marine sponges: a review (2009–2018)
- Recent progress in the understanding of the gut microbiota of marine fishes
- Biodiversity of freshwater ciliates (Protista, Ciliophora) in the Lake Weishan Wetland, China: the state of the art
- Solutions: how adaptive changes in cellular fluids enable marine life to cope with abiotic stressors
- Impacts of ocean acidification under multiple stressors on typical organisms and ecological processes
UCL Open: Environment by UCL Open is a new, open and transparent open access journal where high-impact disciplinary and interdisciplinary research is published that showcases radical and critical thinking on real-world issues, with the overall aim of benefitting humanity.
We recently highlighted the impact of UCL Open:Environment’s publications for advancing general issues related to our environments in our blog: Celebrating World Environment Day on ScienceOpen!
Have a look at the collection and check their articles and pre-prints for interesting discoveries related to protection of life below water:
- Improved bathymetry leads to >4000 new seamount predictions in the global ocean – but beware of phantom seamounts!
- Light pollution: a landscape-scale issue requiring cross-realm consideration
- Climate change awareness and risk perceptions in the coastal marine ecosystem of Palawan, Philippines
Articles covering SDG14 targets
Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet, and we rely on them for food, energy and water.
Targets under SDG 14 cover issues like reducing marine pollution, reducing ocean acidification, protecting ecosystems through sustainable fishing and promotion of small-scale fisheries, as well as increasing scientific knowledge, research and technology for ocean health.
On such topics, we recommend visiting the following articles:
- Towards achieving sustainable fishing through EU trade agreements?
- Marine Fish Farming and the Blue Revolution: Culturing Cod Fisheries
- Mirage of Pirates: State-Corporate Crime in West Africa’s Fisheries
- The Future of Our Seas: Marine scientists and creative professionals collaborate for science communication
UCL Press has a dedicated collection which brings together articles from various disciplines that help in accelerating progress towards the achievement of SDG14.
ScienceOpen has also a dedicated collection to SDG14, curating articles related to SDG 14: Life below water, or publications that feature SDG14 in their keywords. Our digital infrastructure allows a fast and impactful enhancement of your scholarly work supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
If your research contributes to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below Water add the keyword “SDG 14“, “SDG14: Life below Water” and/or “Sustainable Development Goals” to your article/book/chapter/conference paper/ dataset and we will automatically add it to this rapidly growing collection of research outputs.
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