What are the high seas?
Deep, distant, dynamic and diverse.
Beyond borders but not beyond governance.
A global commons and the common heritage of humankind.
What role is Duke playing?
Duke University researchers are highly engage in solving the central legal, social and scientific problems that contribute to the ongoing degradation of the high seas.
What we do
Where does biodiversity exist in the ocean?
To answer this question, Duke scientists, lead by the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL), have endeavored to provide fellow scientists and policy makers with the spatial data and tools to better inform research and decisions about the biodiversity of the world's oceans.
For several decades, Duke University has been a leader in generating, aggregating and distributing biological, ecological and oceanographic data across ocean basins and jurisdictional boundaries. Duke faculty run and are members of various international data platforms and are shaping the conversations on future ocean databases.
We are at a crossroads between an increase in the international interest to conserve and adequately harvest high seas resources and biodiversity and significant improvements in scientific and monitoring technologies.
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Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction