Big Ocean States: Reclaiming Sovereignty through Maritime Borders

In this blogpost, Milla Vaha provides an analysis of state sovereignty and maritime borders with a focus on the large ocean states of the Pacific, that are “powerfully exercising their right to self-determination” through a reinterpretation of international law and statehood in the age of climate change and sea-level rise. Read More …

Restorying Ma’ohi Nui with Island Lives, Ocean States

Vehia Wheeler introduces the Ma’ohi Nui project, a collaboration with the Island Lives, Ocean States project aiming to uplift voices, knowledge and perspectives on the ocean among indigenous populations in Mā‘ohi Nui (French Polynesia). Vehia is co-founder of Sustainable Oceania Solutions and was elected Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader for Tahiti in 2020. The OceanStates project Read More …

Tropical cyclones and ocean heat energy in the Southwest Pacific

PhD candidate Ashneel Chandra offers a brief outline of his recently published paper, co-authored with his Master’s degree advisor at The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Sushil Kumar, on their study of tropical cyclones TC Pam (Vanuatu 2015) and TC Winston (Fiji 2016).   In a new paper published in the American Meteorological Read More …

All I want for Christmas is an ocean-climate nexus: Reflections from COP25 in Madrid

In this post, anthropologist Dr. Camilla Borrevik offers some insights into events and developments that took place at COP25 in Madrid (December 2019), with special attention to the connection between ocean and climate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Hopes were high ahead of the United Nations (UN) climate talks at the Read More …

What can Norway learn from OceanStates? (And vice versa)

In this post, Matthew Simpson draws attention to sea-level rise projections for the Norwegian coastline and offers some thoughts on how Norwegian scenarios might contribute to – and benefit from – research in the OceanStates project. What sea level information do we need to plan for the future? That’s a really big question. But it Read More …

Islands on the Move? Glimpses of loss and damage from Solomon Islands

Written by Edvard Hviding and Camilla Borrevik. Prior to the UNFCCC COP23 climate change conference held in Bonn, Germany in November 2017 (and hosted by Fiji as COP23 Presidency), new research from Australian ocean and climate scientists showed that in Solomon Islands, rates of sea level rise up to three times the global average, coupled Read More …

Why is the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) important for Pacific Island countries?

Written by Sunil Kumar Pariyar and Noel Keenlyside, this post offers a closer look at central drivers of weather and climate patterns and their ties to extreme weather events in the Pacific Islands region. On April 13, 2015, tropical cyclone PAM hit Vanuatu (a Pacific Island country) with a devastating speed of 250km/hour. This category Read More …

The Language of Ocean Governance: An Anthropological View of a Global Village

In this post, anthropologist Jennifer Telesca takes a deep-dive into the intricacies of the United Nations as a field research site, and how high-level global negotiations over the world’s High Seas and their resources can be understood through an anthropological lens. First in 1958, then in 1982, the United Nations Convention on the Law of Read More …