Seventy percent of the surface of our planet Earth is water. This space is of immense importance for maintaining a reasonable standard of living for an ever increasing global population. Utilization of the oceans is vital because:
• The oceans have a huge importance for global exchange of goods; the current global trade could not take place without the use of oceans as a transportation medium.
• The oceans have large potential for exploration and future cultivation of living resources in the form of fish and plankton.
• The oceans and the ocean floors have large reservoirs of raw materials and hydrocarbons.
• The oceans receive 70 % of our primary sustainable energy source, i.e. the radiation from the sun; this thermal energy can be harvested in the form of thermal, wind, current or wave energy, salt gradients etc.
To exploit these possibilities marine structures are required.
|Title of host publication||Engineering Challenges : energy, climate change & health|
|Editors||Carsten Broder Hansen|
|Place of Publication||Kgs.Lyngby|
|Publisher||Technical University of Denmark|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Series||DTU research series|