This coordinated effort is urgently needed as demands for natural resources continue to escalate, and society is faced with managing these demands in the face of unprecedented environmental changes.
The core emphasis of the UN Ocean Science Decade is to generate the knowledge and data to support sustainable development. However, major transformations are needed to create a sustainable future for our state, region, country and the planet. Such transformations are reliant on more than ‘just’ additional data and knowledge.
Moreover, public support for science is at an all-time low and the science-policy gap is growing. “The ocean we need for the future we want” requires scientists and decision-makers to identify how to facilitate the use of
available science and encourage the uptake of behaviors
– at individual, local and global scales - that will leverage greater environmental benefit.
A UNIQUE COLLABORATION, spearheaded by the Centre for Marine Socioecology, of over 100 researchers from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and other institutions. Within UTAS, members come from the Colleges of Arts, Law and Education, Health and Medicine, and Sciences & Engineering (specifically the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the School of Technology, Environments and Design). The collaboration includes psychologists, public health and education experts, philosophers, ecologists, oceanographers, climate modelers, economists, social scientists, engineers, information and communications technology researchers, and social scientists, as well as governance, law and policy experts.
Approximately 40% of the group are PhD students and Early Career Researchers, providing an excellent opportunity to train and mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers. In addition to the Australian-based researchers we are seeking involvement and collaboration with Indigenous representatives from around the world to define and lead the drafting of their own ‘key challenge’ for the oceans, as well as contribute much needed perspectives to the other challenges.