Visualizing the Human Impact on the Ocean Economy

This visualization looks at the total value of assets that come from our ocean, and how various human activities are affecting these resources.

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Visualizing the Human Impact on the Ocean Economy

When you think of economic output, it’s likely the ocean isn’t the first entity that comes to mind. But from facilitating international trade to regulating the climate, the “blue economy” contributes significant value in both tangible and intangible ways.

The sustainable use of the ocean and its resources for economic development and livelihoods have such far-reaching effects, that its protection is a significant goal of the United Nations, as well as for many other countries and organizations throughout the world.

This visualization looks at the total value of assets that come from our ocean, and how various human activities are affecting these resources.


First published: June 5, 2020 (link)

Source files included: .ai, .eps, .pdf

Data source: World Wildlife Fund, International Monetary Fund, Halpern et al (2019), Ocean Panel Organization

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