Proposed Abstract Title

Communicating science: indicators, monitoring and collaboration in British Columbia.

Presenter/Author Information

Andrew DayFollow
Karin Bodtker

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Softening Borders through Information Exchange: Monitoring and Indicator- Efforts Within and Across Boundaries in the Salish Sea

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Indicators and monitoring can be an effective way of understanding status, trends, and pressures for marine ecosystems. They can also be useful for communicating science to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public.

One of the main challenges in developing and implementing indicators is that monitoring programs can be expensive to implement over large areas like British Columbia. Further challenges include linking indicators to the diverse values that different groups hold for marine ecosystems, and working across organizational, cultural, and other boundaries.

Our discussion will focus on our work building a collaborative Coastal Ocean Health Report in British Columbia. The COHR initiative involves working with First Nations, governments, citizen scientists, universities, NGOs, and others.

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Communicating science: indicators, monitoring and collaboration in British Columbia.

2016SSEC

Indicators and monitoring can be an effective way of understanding status, trends, and pressures for marine ecosystems. They can also be useful for communicating science to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public.

One of the main challenges in developing and implementing indicators is that monitoring programs can be expensive to implement over large areas like British Columbia. Further challenges include linking indicators to the diverse values that different groups hold for marine ecosystems, and working across organizational, cultural, and other boundaries.

Our discussion will focus on our work building a collaborative Coastal Ocean Health Report in British Columbia. The COHR initiative involves working with First Nations, governments, citizen scientists, universities, NGOs, and others.