ECOP scientific papers

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Kelly, Rachel, et al. “Empowering young people with climate and ocean science: Five strategies for adults to consider.” One Earth 5.8 (2022): 861-874. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2022.07.007

Here, we present five actionable strategies to engage and empower young people with climate and ocean science in support of long-term sustainability: inclusion of diverse voices, active dialogue-based science learning, connection to nature, critical thinking skills, and co-created visions of a sustainable future. These strategies can help to strengthen young people’s engagement and agency to meet climate and ocean challenges. Together, the strategies can synergistically empower young people to have a say in shaping their sustainable future.

Shellock et al., 2022, One Earth 5, 1–22, June 17, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2022.05.006

Interdisciplinary research is paramount to addressing ocean sustainability challenges in the 21st century. However, women leaders have been underrepresented in interdisciplinary marine research, and there is little guidance on how to achieve the conditions that will lead to an increased proportion of women scientists in positions of leadership. Here, we conduct in-depth qualitative research to explore the main barriers and en- ablers to women’s leadership in an academic interdisciplinary marine research context. We found that inter- disciplinarity can present unique and additional barriers to women leaders (e.g., complexity and lack of value attributed to interdisciplinary research) and are exacerbated by existing gender-specific issues that women experience (e.g., isolation and underrepresentation and stereotyping). Together these barriers overlap form- ing the ‘‘glass obstacle course’’—which is particularly challenging for women in minoritized groups. Here, we provide a list of concrete, ambitious, and actionable enablers that can promote and support women’s leader- ship in academic interdisciplinary marine research.

Giron-Nava, A., and H. Harden-Davies, 2021. Published online: February, 2022. Oceanography 35(1):76–80, DOI: https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2021.402.

The year 2021 marked the beginning of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The world now has fewer than 10 years to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, we reflect on some of the challenges and opportunities this presents for Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) who will be instrumental in designing, delivering, and using ocean knowledge toward a more sustainable and equitable future. How can Ocean Decade programs and partnerships equip ECOPs with the necessary tools, skills, and opportunities to engage meaningfully with policy processes and to develop practical solutions for societal benefit? We propose some key questions for discussion among ocean scientists, ocean-dependent communities, and policymakers.

J. Van Stavel et al., “Towards an increase in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in international ocean observing practices and initiatives,” OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, 2021, pp. 1-6, https://doi: 10.23919/OCEANS44145.2021.9706081

We discuss how the (IOC-UNESCO) Ocean Best Practices System has implemented and is building on actions and solutions proposed by others to support the ocean observing community in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Our contribution highlights the need for self-assessment which can be transformed into action and foster the collaborative culture required for international ocean observing practices and initiatives. This urgent process aims to address historical problems that need immediate attention in to ensure progress in sustainable development and the advancement of ocean observing everywhere.

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