The First Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) in Boston Massaachusetts, . is designed to:

  • Raise the awareness level of the threat of climate change to our oceans and the consequent threat to our human and national security;

  • Identify and prioritize the knowledge gaps in science and technology which inhibit understanding, response and adaptation to future threats;

  • Generate comprehensive human security policy and governance recommendations reflecting the climate, ocean, and security continuum.


Over three days, May 21 – 23, 2012, GCOCS attendees will explore complex, cross-sector topics and strategies through interactive methods such as multi-disciplinary plenary and World cafĂ© sessions.


GCOCS 2012 is a signature event of The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is proudly co-presented by Battelle Memorial Institute.