Why is the Ocean important to humans?



“Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, and hold 97% of the planet’s water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it.”-protectplanetocean.org


NASA | The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate

This animation uses Earth science data from a variety of sensors on NASA Earth observing satellites to measure physical oceanography parameters such as ocean currents, ocean winds, sea surface height and sea surface temperature.


Help protect our ocean


Whether you live on the coast or hours from the closest beach, we all depend on the ocean. The ocean is critical to maintaining life on Earth, contributing to our livelihoods and our well-being. Yet, the ocean is facing significant challenges, such as unsustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. The good news is that there are solutions.