International Ocean-Climate School

The International Ocean-Climate School (IOCS) is an exploratorium* or a kind of mini Model (Mock) COP. It is open to all stakeholders with an interest in the intersection among the state of our climate, the well-being of our oceans and the health of our coasts (where about half of the world’s population live). The diversity of issues is clearly illustrated in the Mediterranean.

All stakeholders have an interest in becoming literate in matters relating to our oceans, our climate and our coasts, especially as they intersect with one another in complex ways and as they influence each other with ever-shifting forces.

Stakeholders include include people who, and organisations that, have an interest in becoming ocean-coast-climate literate, so that they may arrive at balanced and considered decisions regarding their planning and acting for the future of the oceans and coasts, especially the future as they will be shaped by accelerating global warming and climate change. Stakeholders as a collective must navigate their way to a balance between effectiveness (doing the tight things) and efficiency (doing things the right way).

Stakeholders may include: Researchers, decision makers, citizens, scientists, students, activists, environmental organisations, NGOs, scientific institutions, local and central government agencies and their representatives, business and industry, local politicians, health, tourism, utilities, military and transport.


Established: 2019

Organisation type: Research/academic institution
Geographical scope: Regional
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Organisation’s vision:

​The Trilogy of Ocean, Climate and Coast: The Urgency and Exigency of Literacy

Organisation’s mission:

Our overall goal is to encourage participants:
- to become an even better ocean-climate-coast-literate stakeholder and
- to help other people to become literate in the ocean-climate-coast nexus,
in other words,
- to learn about the ocean, coasts and climate, and learn how to pass on your knowledge and skills to others.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):


  • climate literacy
  • coast literacy
  • experiential learning
  • ocean literacy
  • participatory simulation


  • Ocean literacy/public outreach
  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
  • Training scientists/technicians
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