Yet again Coursera is coming up with its online course, “Ocean Solutions” in association with the University of Western Australia.

This online course is to have a glance at how intelligent and innovative use of the ocean can sustainably deliver the essential resources required to meet some of the great challenges faced by humanity.

World’s population is swelling day by day and till now it has reached to seven billion. It is expected that by 2050 the population will bulge up to nine billion.

This growing population is creating strain on food, water and energy supplies, threatening biodiversity and contributing to global climate change. This course will help in providing the knowledge of finding the means to meet these challenges while retaining a healthy and sustainable environment. It is believed that the oceans hold the key to overcome these challenges.

In this 8-weeks course will focus on:
-The significant challenges face humanity now and in the future.
-Identifying the bottle-necks behind these challenges.
-How ocean-based solutions will help to meet the growing demands for resources.
-How ocean-based solutions can be used in climate change mitigation strategies.
-The historical impact of ocean governance on implementing effective solutions.
-The impacts of public perception and attitudes in implementing ocean solution strategies and consider the practicality of successfully deploying them.

Course Timeline

‘Ocean Solutions’, this online course will start from May 26, 2014.

Course Period

This course will run for 8 weeks and estimated effort of 4-8 hours/week is required from each student.

Online Course Provider

Coursera and the University of Western Australia

Online Platform


Eligibility Requirements

This course will be best for university students, graduates of environmental sciences and science teachers. However the concepts will be introduced in an easy manner so it will be reachable for everyone having keen interest in environment and sustainability.

Course Syllabus

The following modules will be covered during the first 6 weeks of the course

Module 1: Problem Statement
Module 2: The Challenge
Module 3: Ocean Solutions
Module 4: Food from the Ocean
Module 5: Water from the Ocean
Module 6: Energy
Module 7: Marine Bioresources
Module 8: Climate Change Mitigation
Module 9: Governance of Ocean Solutions
Module 10: Successfully Deploying Ocean Solutions
Module 11: Prospects

The final 2 weeks of the course will involve a peer assessment activity.

Verified Certificate

Applicants who will successfully complete this class will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Online Course Staff

Carlos M. Duarte

He is the director of the Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. He is also the research lecturer with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) in Mallorca, Spain. The focal point of his research is to understand the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater.

You can apply for the course by following this link.