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What natural and social scientists need from each other for effective marine environmental assessment: insights from collaborative research on the Tomakomai CCS demonstration project.

Mabon, Leslie; Kita, Jun; Onchi, Hiromitsu; Kawabe, Midori; Katano, Toshiya; Kohno, Hiroshi; Huang, Yi-Chen

Authors

Leslie Mabon

Jun Kita

Hiromitsu Onchi

Midori Kawabe

Toshiya Katano

Hiroshi Kohno

Yi-Chen Huang



Abstract

We propose actions to guide collaboration between ‘natural’ and ‘social’ science disciplines in marine environmental issues. Despite enthusiasm for interdisciplinarity on environmental issues, institutional and disciplinary barriers remain for interdisciplinary working in practice. This paper explores what natural and social scientists need from each other for more effective impact assessment in the marine environment. We reflect on collaboration between natural- (especially marine biology) and social scientists (especially environmental sociology) researching the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project in Japan; including subsequent expansion of the research team and wider evaluation of project outcomes. We identify two areas of mutual support: community and stakeholder engagement on marine monitoring; and identification of points in regulatory/policy processes where qualitative findings may gain traction alongside quantitative results. We suggest interdisciplinary collaboration for marine environmental research could be helped by making time to learn from each other within projects; and by working together more closely in the field.

Citation

MABON, L., KITA, J., ONCHI, H., KAWABE, M., KATANO, T., KOHNO, H. and HUANG, Y.-C. 2020. What natural and social scientists need from each other for effective marine environmental assessment: insights from collaborative research on the Tomakomai CCS demonstration project. Marine pollution bulletin [online], 159, article ID 111520. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111520

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 24, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 7, 2020
Publication Date Oct 31, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 8, 2021
Journal Marine pollution bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Electronic ISSN 1879-3363
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 159
Article Number 111520
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111520
Keywords Impact assessment; Interdisciplinarity; Marine social science; Sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/960512

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