Published gold open access in Global Environmental Change 2021
- European public are aware of the economic benefits of maritime activities.
- Potential link observed between perceived impact on the environment and on human health.
- Cross-country differences highlight need for tailored communications and policies.
The coasts, seas and oceans provide us with many resources. The European Union (EU) recognises the importance of the blue economy for jobs and economic growth without harming the marine environment. Currently little thought has been given to how these activities might impact public health.
The SOPHIE survey of people in 14 European countries explored public perceptions of these issues. People understood the interconnections between marine activities, environmental protection and public health, as well as the potential trade-offs. Preferences for policy intervention to protect the public health were predicted by different factors (such as age, marine environment contact). There were important differences across countries which need to be considered when making new policies.
Data Management Plan
The Data Management Plan is a continuously updated ‘living’ document that describes how data generated in the SOPHIE project is handled.
SOPHIE conference poster
This poster provides a brief overview of the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project. It is designed to be used at conferences and events.
This 4 page booklet provides an overview of SOPHIE and is designed to introduce the project at conferences and events.
Love the ocean videos
Explore 7 reasons why you should love the ocean with this series of videos from the SOPHIE citizen science programme.