10 Oct 2013
2013 Scores Released
The loss of natural habitats like mangroves, salt marshes, coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and sea ice leaves our coastlines vulnerable to storm surge and flooding. This year coastal Protection scored 69 out of 100. This isn’t a great score, but more alarming is that 85 countries that are located in tropical cyclone ranges have an even lower average score of 57. These scores tell us that we have lost significant areas of these habitats in just the last 30 years.
As you take a look at the country findings on the website there are a couple of interesting outcomes. The top ranking nations for the overall Index are island nations. Some of these islands are remote and sparsely populated. But in Western Europe a number of countries have done almost as well despite their dense populations and heavy industrialization.
Finally, check out the scores for some of the wealthiest nations in the world. The United States, China, Japan, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have widely varying scores and ranks on the Ocean Health Index.
These are just a few ways to look at the Index scores. Here on the Ocean Health Index website you can explore annual comparisons of scores for 220 countries & territories, examine the how the scores were developed for each country, and rankings of countries for every goal. The Ocean Health Index and a full explanation of the methodology is available on the methodology page.