Within the last decade, many people have become increasingly concerned with mankind's future on this planet. Aside from its profound philosophical aspects, the subject also attracts interdisciplinary scientific interest and, of course, international concern.
For all of these reasons it seemed appropriate to organize an international symposium in with the global environment from a scientific viewpoint and review the current status of a variety of issues. We focused on the interaction of the environment—atmosphere, land, water and especially ocean—with ecological resources. These resources provide us with a healthful environment to live in and with food, probably the most basic resource.