Interactive tools for enabling participation and knowledge exchange

This research is at the boundary of science and society, developing internet-based applications that will enable Māori, stakeholders and the wider public to participate, interact with and use some of the tools and knowledge that we generate.

Project leader: Ross Vennell, Cawthron Institute

Participatory tools: 'there’s an app for that'

We are developing a decision support tool that enables Māori and stakeholders to interact with the scientific findings of the Atlantis ecosystem model (part of the Ecosystem models project).

Atlantis uses Tasman and Golden Bays as one of its case studies and mimics how groups of marine organisms interact with each other, their physical environment and humans. For example, how shellfish populations might change in response to changes in the way we manage this fishery and other marine-related activities. We are distilling the complexity of the Atlantis model into an online application, which stakeholders and managers will be able to use to see how different management strategies affect the productivity and quality of their marine environment. The application uses a ‘Bayesian Network’ (a statistical model that can be used to explore the likelihood of different outcomes as a result of changes in multiple variables) to connect changes in environmental management strategies with a range of cultural, environmental and economic outcomes. This approach will enable Māori and stakeholders to engage with both the complex environmental system of Tasman and Golden Bays and our science.

We are also developing an online and mobile app for two-way knowledge exchange between participants (ie Māori, stakeholders and the public) and the Challenge’s research projects.

Latest news and updates

Consultation opens re 2019–2024 strategy

Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand's future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential.

We therefore invite comment on our draft strategy for Phase II (2019–2024). This strategy has been co-developed with Māori and stakeholders.

Sun, sea, sand – and marine science

During Seaweek, more than 4,600 school pupils joined 6 Sustainable Seas researchers for 3 days of marine science fieldwork in Tasman Bay, as part of the LEARNZ virtual field trip Sustainable seas – essential for New Zealand’s health and wealth.

Tipping Points on Radio NZ

Tune in to tonight’s episode of Our Changing World (after the 9pm news) for an excellent in-depth piece that gets into the detail of what the Tipping Points project is investigating, and why.