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Communication and trust-building with the broader public through coastal and marine citizen science


Hind-Ozan, EJ and Pecl, GT and Ward-Page, CA, Communication and trust-building with the broader public through coastal and marine citizen science, Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation, Routledge, JA Cigliano, HL Ballard (ed), London, pp. 261-278. ISBN 9781138193222 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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The quality of communication between marine scientists and those whose lives and livelihoods are entwined with our seas and oceans can be the making or breaking of a marine research or conservation initiative. When scientistsí communication with the project participants is slow to arrive or poorly crafted, or where project communications infrastructure such as websites and apps are clunky or broken, citizen scientists have been found to consistently drop out of projects (Rotman et al., 2014). Likewise, if scientists transmit information to the public in a manner that is vague, misleading, or inappropriate (e.g. jargon heavy), confidence and trust in those experts can be quickly lost, resulting in societal inaction or non-compliance. The history of oceans research is littered with examples of well-intentioned efforts undermined by misinformation, poor correspondence, and broken trust (Wilson, 2003; Christie, 2004; van Densen and McCay, 2007; Wilcox, 2012).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:marine citizen science, science communication, coast, marine, citizen science
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental education and extension
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:122333
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-11-09
Last Modified:2018-11-27

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