The SOPHIE Citizen Science Program will bring together people involved in the tourism industry to help create awareness of Oceans and Human Health issues.
The project will develop new materials to enhance both ocean literacy and citizen science approaches, with a focus on the relationships between seas, oceans, health and wellbeing.
Lead by Travelecoology and SUBMON, the Citizen Science Programme will encourage tourism operators and their clients to help build knowledge on Oceans and Human Health, while also enhancing visitor experiences.
Designed as a pilot, the project will identify the strengths, weaknesses, and factors critical for success when launching such a network across Europe.
It will also identify and draw attention to existing tourism resources that can contribute to oceans and human health awareness amongst tourists, visitors and local communities in European coastal destinations. These resources will be integrated into the WILDSEA Europe network.
A series of videos aiming to communicate ‘7 reasons why we should love the ocean’ has also been commissioned, you can view those here.
So far, two key citizen science projects have been identified:
- “Mapping Ostreopsis”, which explores how coastal tourism operators might provide early warning for issues such as harmful algal blooms; and
- “Blue Effect”, an initiative aiming to understand how marine ecotourism can impact the wellbeing of participants, and their attitude towards environmental challenges.
Nearly 100 marine tourism providers are currently taking part across Europe, with groups in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the UK enrolling their customers and professional teams in these ongoing citizen science initiatives.
The SOPHIE team are contributing to several educational courses in oceans and human health.
- 15 April 2019
A new Citizen Science Program launches today, run in collaboration with WILDSEA Europe and the SOPHIE project.
- 17 July 2019
A wave of science is breaking across Europe this summer, as almost 100 coastal and marine tourism operators help to support SOPHIE research.