The Ocean and Human Health | Flanders Marine Institute

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Platform for marine research

The Ocean and Human Health

The marine environment contributes significantly to human health through the provision and quality of the air that we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and in offering health-enhancing economic and recreational opportunities. However, many of our perceptions of the relationships between the marine environment and human health are still relatively unexplored.

VLIZ wants to improve our understanding of the potential public health benefits from marine and coastal ecosystems and evaluate the applicability and elucidate the reasons behind the Blue Gym hypothesis. Research will consider environmental factors such as marine aerosols (in particular as vectors for bioactive compounds) as well as socio-economic, psychological and physiological factors. Harmful algal blooms will be investigated more closely as a specific case that may negatively impact human health.

For more detailed information on our research on The Ocean and Human Health we refer to the VLIZ Research Strategy.