EIUI Book Chapter Post: What Good are State of the Environment Reports?

“The Science-Policy Interface in Coastal and Ocean Management” is a series of posts highlighting the chapters in the new book: Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management, edited by Bertrum H. MacDonald, Suzuette S. Soomai, Elizabeth M. De Santo, and Peter G. Wells, published by CRC Press (Taylor & Francis). Is […]

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Black Leads to Grey – the Influence of Oil Pollution Information in the Grey Literature

The impact of oil pollution of the marine environment by petroleum oil and its refined products has been recognized for many decades. Hence, oil is an internationally regulated pollutant under the MARPOL 73/76 Convention and the London Convention and Protocol (Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter 1972), […]

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MacDonald and Ross Present Paper at Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association Conference

EIUI team members Bertrum MacDonald and James Ross presented the paper “Crossing Borders in Scientific Literature: The Case of Environmental Assessment Reports,” at the nineteenth biennial conference of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada held at York University, Toronto, 6-8 November […]

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Suzuette Soomai Completes her Doctoral Research on the Role of Fisheries Information

Suzuette Soomai, Interdisciplinary PhD student with the EIUI research program, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on 30 October 2015. Her research focused on the role of fisheries scientific information in policy- and decision-making for fisheries management. She studied the information pathways – production, communication, and use of scientific information – at the operational level in […]

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EIUI Co-Hosts the 2015 ASFA Advisory Board Meeting

In collaboration with our research partner, the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), the EIUI co-hosted the annual meeting of the international Advisory Board of the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) held in Halifax on 5-9 October, 2015. ASFA is an international cooperative information system for the collection and dissemination of information covering the science, […]

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EIUI Participates in the 41st IAMSLIC Conference

Suzuette Soomai, PhD Candidate and a member of the EIUI research program, participated in the 41st International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) Annual Conference, “Blue Growth: Motivating innovations in aquatic information management,” hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, on September […]

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What Do Users Want From a State of the Environment Report? An EIUI Study of the State of the Scotian Shelf Report

Over forty years ago, the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment proclaimed that decision-makers require access to the best available scientific information to achieve effective environmental management (United Nations, 1972). To fill this need, various governments and inter-governmental partnerships have produced many state of the environment reports (SOEs), which present current scientific understanding […]

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New EIUI Paper on How Information in Grey Literature Informs Policy and Decision-Making

A new paper published by members of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research team emphasizes that simply advocating the use of information without understanding the contexts of its use will likely be ineffective in closing the gap between research and policy-making. As the growing number of studies on the science-policy interface demonstrate, the […]

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Is Demonstrating the “Bottom Line” of the Oceans More Effective Than Scientific Information in Influencing Global Change?

The World Wildlife Fund’s recent report, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action – 2015, positions the world’s oceans with major global powers (Hoegh-Goldberg et al., 2015). The oceans are ranked as the seventh-largest economy on the planet – as if combined they were a country. The numbers are staggering: WWF conservatively estimates that […]

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Improving Use and Awareness of Scientific Information: An EIUI Study of the Gulfwatch Monitoring Program

Chemical contamination is a threat that impacts all waterways, especially those closest to human activity. Contamination of ecosystems can lead to consequences within trophic (food-web) structures and can percolate up trophic levels and impact human populations. Countless examples exist of mercury poisoning from contaminated fish overwhelming coastal communities. Other contaminants, such as other trace metals, […]

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