The Deep Maps project aims to recover some of the complexities of our relationship with our coastal environment via history.
An important aspect of the project was to understand perceptions of key marine environmental issues and legislation. We achieved this by designing two surveys which were distributed across a number of locations within our study area.
The first survey, ‘Stakeholders’ Opinions of Marine Environmental Issues’, examined how concerned the respondents were about specific issues, and how informed they felt about them.
The second survey ‘Culture and the Marine Environment’, examined what stakeholders value about the coast/sea and how information about the marine environment is being learned/accessed.
Following this we organised a stakeholder workshop with different user groups in coastal communities.
These perceptions were used to map scientific priorities with a view to understanding the role that heritage and culture has played in forging them.