Mapping Emotional Attachment in the Indian River Lagoon Using Participatory Approaches

Authors: Merry Johnson*,
Topics: Coastal and Marine
Keywords: ecosystem, environmental, social science, emotional attachment, restoration
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The Indian River Lagoon comprises 156 miles of Florida’s Atlantic coast, and has for many decades supported the lives of the people around it. Oyster farmers, fishermen of all types, and bird watchers rely on this ecosystem as part of their livelihoods. By mapping which places are important to the people who live in or visit them, we can start to understand how local people can be impacted by environmental degradation, and by restoration projects in the Indian River Lagoon. Our online mapping application allows researchers to connect with the participants on a more personal level and to gain a more thorough understanding of what is important to the community. Through using a mapping app with short interviews and becoming integrated into the community, we are learning about locations where people have an emotional attachment to the Lagoon. This understanding can help to inform priorities for future restoration in the Indian River Lagoon and other geographic sites of interest.

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