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 …

Navigating UN docs – the making of the OceanStates Document Collection

Anja Marie Solheim compiled the OceanStates project’s online UN Documents and IPCC reports collections (have a look!). In this blogpost she shares her own experiences with navigating UN websites and systems as an intern at the United Nations in New York, and how this – in our opinion – made her such a valuable resource 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 …

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 …