Traditionally, an atlas was a bound collection of maps, charts, plates and tables illustrating a subject. The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an on-line version, an encyclopedic survey of the best ocean information. The project is a partnership of six UN Agencies and other public and private partners, including the World Ocean Observatory.
To access information, the Atlas offers four main points of entry:
- About the Oceans: history, biology, maps and statistics to research, climatology and ecology;
- Uses of the Oceans: from fishing, shipping and mining to tourism, dumping and marine biotechnology;
- Issues: from food security and climate change to governance and human health;
- Geography: information categorized by geographical area.
The Atlas is the most comprehensive on-line resource for inquiry about the full spectrum of ocean issues. It is an essential tool for students, teachers, and others interested in detailed information about ocean systems and services.
Ocean Health Index
A weekly feature to highlight, by country, the goals and components of the Ocean Health Index which measures and scores ocean health from 0-100.
Country of the Week: Qatar
Goal of the Week: Artisinal Fishing Opportunities
Ensuring Access to Artisinal Fishing for Local Communities
Score: 49 Global Rank: 122