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We develop business solutions to ocean challenges that change the world. Ocean data will radically transform sustainable business product development.

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40% of the world's population lives within 100km of the coast, and most of the ocean's degraded environments are on the coasts.   Since large concentrations of people consume the most goods and services and produce the most waste, it is our coastal cities that most directly endanger the oceans, but they can also have the biggest positive impact on ocean ecosystems. 

Smart Ocean Cities can improve waste-water treatment to prevent algae blooms and restore oxygen to coastal dead zones. They can use microorganisms to transform the nitrates and phosphates in farm runoff into fertiliser and fish food. Cities can reduce plastic use and invest in making waste management more efficient, instead of exporting solid waste abroad, where it often ends up in the ocean. They can support ocean innovation incubators to advance solutions that restore natural resources like coral reefs, shellfish beds, fisheries and sea-plant farms. And city governments can pass municipal bonds to provide new funding streams for local ocean improvements with global impacts.

The Ocean Data Alliance is working with a global network of cities to develop comparative Smart Ocean City Action Plans that put open ocean data to work to fix the ocean and address the climate crisis.


Join us and make a difference in the world.




Working with startups to instrument the ocean with persistent and intelligent observation solutions.



Arranging trans-disciplinary events to be students of problems using outside-in design methods.

Focus citizens on their local oceanic environment, and how to contribute.



Partner with business and data governance to develop an innovative data strategy for ocean science, conservation, trade and public use.



Reshape how we coordinate

and collaborate. 

Finance work across domains

and industries.

Steven Adler

Founder and CEO of Ocean Data Alliance

Steven Adler is the founder and CEO of Ocean Data Alliance, which is a group of leaders from banking, insurance, marine science, conservation, shipping, data management, government, and NGO's working to use data and business strategy to solve ocean challenges.

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See how Ocean Data Alliance and our partners are using ocean data strategy to build innovative solutions to ocean challenges.


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See how Ocean Data Alliance is creating a better future.

Smart Ocean Cities

Coastal cities are leaders in climate and ocean policy, and the Ocean Data Alliance is helping to transform urban ocean spaces into community assets. 

Ocean Risk Index

The world will need much more granular data to evaluate ocean conditions on a daily basis.

Climate Restoration Solutions

The Ocean Data Alliance is working with science, conservation, maritime trade, business, government and tech startups to fund  and implement ocean restoration projects.

Ocean Data Governance Council

To bridge the gap between widespread Data Governance programs in the private sector and non-existent programs in marine science and conservation. 

Case Studies

See how our partners are already making a difference.


The Ocean Data Explorer provides an intuitive interface to search datasets that are available through OcToPUS. Data can be queried, analyzed and visualized in space, time and depth. 

Data-driven Culture

Over time, measuring effectiveness became a core competency and Rare helped lots of other partner non-profits learn to do the same. 


Diversity is essential for innovation and our membership collaborates

to generate the best ideas and impact.





See our upcoming and past events.



Upcoming Events

  • The Business of Ocean Data
    The Business of Ocean Data
    Fri, Jun 05
    New Lab
    Jun 05, 2020, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    New Lab, 19 Morris Ave building 128, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA
    A Collaboration with the United Nations, The Economist World Ocean Initiative, and the amazing New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, best urban tech incubator in the world.
  • Ocean Innovation Jam
    Ocean Innovation Jam
    Sat, May 30
    Fintech House Lisboa
    May 30, 2020, 1:40 PM GMT+1 – Jun 01, 2020, 6:00 PM GMT+1
    Fintech House Lisboa, Praça da Alegria 22, 1250-217 Lisboa, Portugal
    Join 200+ entrepreneurs in Lisbon, Portugal as they brainstorm the best Ocean Restoration solutions that will be incubated by Demium for 6 months and transformed into exceptional startup businesses!

Past Events

Past Events


January 17, 2019 at 1:00:00 PM

The Ocean Data Challenge

We will review real data from real organizations in real use cases, working in teams to ideate and co-create new models and methods for building an ocean-centric Data Strategy.

Past Events


June 5, 2019 at 12:30:00 PM

The Business of Ocean Data

We believe new public-private partnerships have to be created to increase the capacity to collect Ocean Observation Data, distribute it for sustainable development, and transform our governance of ocean resources to increase wealth and conservation.

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