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A Philosophical View of the Ocean and Humanity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 1-8
  3. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 9-11
  4. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 13-19
  5. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 21-27
  6. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 29-33
  7. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 35-40
  8. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 47-51
  9. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 53-56
  10. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 57-61
  11. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 63-68
  12. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 69-73
  13. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 75-81
  14. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 87-91
  15. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 93-99
  16. Anders Omstedt
    Pages 101-103
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 105-127

About this book


This book is about the ocean and about the future. It is written in two modes, a concerned analytical scientific mode and an intuitive artistic mode in which the ocean is given a voice. The disconnect in the relationship between human dependency on and feelings about the ocean is examined in a dialogue between these two modes. The book illustrates how science and the arts can be connected to increase our awareness of the state of the ocean and support behavioural change.  This book is intended for everyone who would like to contribute to the sustainable use of the ocean.

Includes forewords by Alice Newton, University of Algarve, Portugal and Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany. 


Climate and Environmental Changes Connecting Science and the Arts Human Interactions and the Ocean Coastal Seas and Sustainability Ocean Sciences and Oceanography Analytical Thinking, Intuition and Psychology Transdisciplinary

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Marine SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGöteborgSweden

About the authors

Anders Omstedt is a professor emeritus at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Marine Sciences: Oceanography. His main focus has been on examining the ocean climate and ice-covered water bodies, particularly in coastal seas and lakes. He was a part-time scientific coordinator at the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment for five years, and previously held various positions at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. He also has substantial experience working with dreams and is an approved dream group leader certified by the Swedish Dream Group Forum.

Anders Omstedt has written about 250 articles, books and book chapters, more than 100 of which have been published in reviewed international journals and books. His professional experience includes serving as project/scientific leader for numerous research programs, reviewer and guest editor, chairman and convener, invited speaker, and as a member of various international professional associations and working groups. 

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