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Enabling enduring evidence-based policy for the Southern Ocean through cultural arts practices


Roberts, L and Kutay, C and Melbourne-Thomas, J and Petrou, K and Benson, TM and Fiore, D and Fletcher, P and Johnson, E and Silk, M and Taberner, S and Filgueira, VV and Constable, AJ, Enabling enduring evidence-based policy for the Southern Ocean through cultural arts practices, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9 Article 616089. ISSN 2296-701X (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2021 Roberts, Kutay, Melbourne-Thomas, Petrou, Benson, Fiore, Fletcher, Johnson, Silk, Taberner, Filgueira and Constable. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

DOI: doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.616089


This paper provides a perspective on how art and cross-cultural conversations can facilitate understanding of important scientific processes, outcomes and conclusions, using the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO) as a case study. First, we reflect on our rationale and approach, describing the importance of deeper communication, such as through the arts, to the policy process; more enduring decisions are possible by engaging and obtaining perspectives through more than just a utilitarian lens. Second, we draw on the LivingData Website [] where art in all its forms is made to bridge differences in knowledge systems and their values, provide examples of how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can be complementary, and how Indigenous knowledge can show the difference between historical natural environmental phenomena and current unnatural phenomena, including how the Anthropocene is disrupting cultural connections with the environment that ultimately impact everyone. Lastly, we document the non-linear process of our experience and draw lessons from it that can guide deeper communication between disciples and cultures, to potentially benefit decision-making. Our perspective is derived as a collective from diverse backgrounds, histories, knowledge systems and values.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern Ocean, Antarctic, Indigenous knowledge, climate science, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Climate change science
Research Field:Climate change science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Melbourne-Thomas, J (Dr Jessica Melbourne-Thomas)
UTAS Author:Constable, AJ (Dr Andrew Constable)
ID Code:150649
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-06-23
Last Modified:2022-07-28
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