Kiel Marine Science

ISOS BIG Questions Lecture: Can environmental planners save the oceans?

05.09.2019 ab 15:30

GEOMAR Westshore (Düsternbrooker Weg 20), Large Conference Room

Lecturer: Prof. Michelle Portman (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

Prof. Portman is a social scientist, whose interest and expertise in the marine sciences and marine policy grew ever since her postdoctoral fellowship at the Marine Policy Center of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Cape Cod, USA. Currently, she is a visiting professor at the Institute of Geography in the Coastal Risks and Sea-Level Rise Research Group of Prof. Vafeidis at CAU. In her BIG Questions Lecture, Prof. Portman will cover some basics of planning and will discuss why everybody in marine science will know about spatial planning in 20 years from now.

Planning is part and parcel of our relationship with the sea, even though it has rarely been thought of as such until recently. The advent of marine spatial planning (MSP) is evidence of this perspective. Professional planners, originally focused on myriad types of terrestrial environments, are now realizing the need to think beyond the land‘s edge. This creates both opportunities and challenges and requires bridging the policy-science divide. So, what is planning and how can it influence what happens at sea and to our oceans? The planning profession is a field dedicated to the balancing of interests. On a practical level, planning involves activities that lead to the identification, articulation and sometimes, quite plainly, the creation of a way to get from point A to point B. Environmental planning is the application of planning methods to the treatment and resolution of environmental problems. As we move forward in time, it is essential that scientists understand what this profession (and approach) involves and how it interfaces with other disciplines dedicated to either protection, or development, of our seas.



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