The ocean provides a wealth of services that directly benefit human well-being. Over half the worlds population lives within 100 miles of a coastline, and 20 of the 30 largest cities in the world are coastal. There is increasing access to remote areas, and there are important connections between human well-being and the marine environment. The most widely recognized marine ecosystem services are discussed.

Ecosystem services of the ocean

The ocean provides a wealth of services that directly benefit human well-being. Over half the worlds population lives within 100 miles of a coastline, and 20 of the 30 largest cities in the world are coastal. There is increasing access to remote areas, and there are important connections between human well-being and the marine environment. The most widely recognized marine ecosystem services are discussed.

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Author(s)Caroline Donovan
Author CompanyIntegration and Application Network
Date Created2011-01-24
AlbumHuman > Other
TypeGraphic
Project(s)Conservation International: Science communication products
Dimensions1000 x 696
Filesize395 kB
Number of Downloads265
Filetype(s) PNG
LicenseAttribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Required AttributionCaroline Donovan, Integration and Application Network (ian.umces.edu/media-library)