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Marine observations and society: pathways to improve public engagement and the science-policy nexus
Zielinski, T.; Evans, K.; Seys, J.J.C.; Carvalho, A. (Ed.) (2021). Marine observations and society: pathways to improve public engagement and the science-policy nexus. Frontiers Research Topics. Frontiers Media: Lausanne. e-ISBN 978-2-88971-927-3. 116 pp.
Part of: Frontiers Research Topics. Frontiers Media: Lausanne. e-ISSN 1664-8714
Garcia-Soto, C.; Seys, J.J.C.; Zielinski, O.; Busch, J.A.; Luna, S.I.; Baez, J.S.; Domegan, C.; Dubsky, K.; Kotynska-Zielinska, I.; Loubat, P.; Malfatti, F.; Mannaerts, G.; McHugh, P.; Monestiez, P.; Van der Meeren, G.I.; Gorsky, G. (2021). Marine Citizen Science: Current state in Europe and new technological developments. Front. Mar. Sci. 8: 621472., more
Zielinski, T.; Evans, K.; Seys, J. (2021). Editorial: Marine observations and society: pathways to improve public engagement and the science-policy nexus. Frontiers in Environmental Science 9: 789942., more
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Author keywords
    Marine observations, Ocean literacy, SDGs, Stakeholders, Ocean science communication and education

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  • Zielinski, T., editor
  • Evans, K., editor
  • Seys, J.J.C., editor
  • Carvalho, A., editor

    Improved societal understanding of the services provided by the ocean and better use of the data collected from the ocean underpin the development and implementation of sustainable decision making. This is also key for achieving the globally agreed sustainability goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030. However, social factors including global population growth, urbanisation and increasing socio-economic disparity and the pressures associated with increasing use of the ocean significantly affect opportunities for communities and society to engage and connect with ocean environments.

    The challenge for research communities, and for other sectors of society, including business, industry, regulators and managers is to develop means to improve and increase the use of information derived from ocean observations as well as raising global ocean literacy and societal connections to the ocean.

    This Research Topic brings together current interdisciplinary thinking around the pathways needed for taking ocean observations and transforming them into useful information for stakeholders and decision makers. It also discusses approaches and tools for improving societal ocean literacy, aiming for overall improved global value of the ocean and what it provides to society.

    Papers dealing with the following specific topics will be of particular interest:

    - Fundamentals in marine science communication and education,
    - Emerging, innovative and creative approaches for the delivery of information on marine issues,
    - Ocean literacy and citizen science,
    - Public engagement in marine science and marine issues,
    - Uptake and use of operational oceanography services by stakeholders and decision makers – approaches, platforms and tools,
    - Interactions between marine scientists, educators and other stakeholders in building community connections to the ocean,
    - Advancements on improving the science-policy interface and the role of ocean literacy,
    - The different communities within marine science and their views, values, social and cultural contexts
    - Barriers, obstacles and opportunities in provision of ocean information, particularly those that might be limiting improving societal ocean understanding
    - Communication and public participation in decision making and ocean governance.

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