The processes and systems pertaining to the form,
structure and change of the planet and its oceans. From the basalts outpouring
at the mid ocean ridges to the dynamic interactions of climate at the land-ocean
interface, Ocean and Earth Sciences embody a holistic view of the Earth System.
At the core of Ocean and Earth System Science are natural cycles such as the
hydrological cycle linking marine to terrestrial spheres and the carbon cycle
linking biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. In order to
understand these processes, multidisciplinary scientific approaches such as
those possible by collaborations within the SOI are required.