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The Challenge

Our ocean is under threat from a host of pressures, including overfishing, plastic pollution, and dead zones. But no threats loom larger than those caused by the greenhouse gas pollution causing global climate change. Greenhouse gas pollution is particularly hard on the ocean, driving overheating and acidification. Ocean heating is in turn causing deoxygenation, sea level rise, and disruption of critical marine ecosystem functions and services. At the same time, the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide is increasing its acidity. In order to address these challenges, the world needs to generate and scale innovative approaches and solutions much more effectively and quickly.

Why Ocean Visions

Ocean Visions connects oceanographic and academic research institutions, marine resource managers, conservation organizations, investors, entrepreneurs, and governments to collaborate on the development, testing, and deployment of scalable and equitable solutions in the ocean-climate nexus.

Ocean Visions Biennial Summit 2023

Save the date! The next Ocean Visions Summit will be held April 4-6, 2023, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. 

we're hiring!

We seek a broadly trained natural or physical scientist to lead a new programmatic area of our work: regenerating key parts of the ocean-cryosphere system that have been damaged by climate change and its related stresses.

The new Program Lead for Marine Ecosystem Regeneration will identify and catalogue innovations and interventions that may prolong and/or regenerate the health and function of critical parts of the ocean-climate system, and which require additional research and development to determine their ultimate efficacy.


There are many potentially promising ways to clean up carbon dioxide pollution – including those that enhance the ocean’s natural sequestration abilities. A number of ocean-based carbon dioxide removal (CDR) approaches are being explored, each requiring additional research and testing. Read the core principles guiding our work on carbon dioxide removal and the ocean.


The Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions (GEOS) is an Ocean Visions Program endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. GEOS brings together partners from around the globe with a shared objective of generating knowledge and innovative solutions to address climate change and related ocean challenges. GEOS is a framework to catalyze the design, development, and deployment of ocean-based solutions for challenges at the ocean-climate nexus.

Latest News

Ocean Visions Develops Framework to Guide Research on Seaweed Cultivation and Sinking for Carbon Dioxide Removal

Ocean Visions and partner Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have released a framework intended to guide the research needed to assess the efficacy and impacts of cultivating and sinking macroalgae (seaweed) for the purpose of sequestering carbon in the deep ocean and locking it away from the atmosphere as a means to help slow climate change.

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The Ocean Visions Research Consortium

Research Consortium: Leading ocean research and academic institutions that help identify, develop, evaluate, and test solutions to ocean challenges

The Ocean Visions Acceleration & Impact Partners

Acceleration and Impact Partners: Investors, philanthropists, NGOs, businesses, accelerators, and others that help move promising solutions into scalable real-world applications