Scanning horizons in research, policy and practice
AuthorWintle, B; Kennicutt II, MC; Sutherland, WJ
EditorSutherland, WJ; Brotherton, P; Davies, Z; Pettorelli, N; Vira, B; Vickery, J
Source TitleConservation Research, Policy and Practice
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sWintle, Bonnie
AffiliationSchool of BioSciences
CitationsWintle, B., Kennicutt II, M. C. & Sutherland, W. J. (2020). Scanning horizons in research, policy and practice. Sutherland, WJ (Ed.). Brotherton, P (Ed.). Davies, Z (Ed.). Pettorelli, N (Ed.). Vira, B (Ed.). Vickery, J (Ed.). Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, (1), pp.29-47. Cambridge University Press.
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New and emerging environmental issues make policy and practice difficult. A pressing need to respond when knowledge of the problem is limited is added to an already challenging conservation agenda. Horizon-scanning is an evolving approach that draws on diverse information sources to identify early indications of poorly recognised threats and opportunities. There are many ways to conduct horizon scans, ranging from automated techniques that scan online content and mine text to manual methods that systematically consult large groups of people (often experts). These different approaches aim to sort through vast volumes of information to look for signals of change, for example the rise in microplastics or the use of mobile phones to gather data in remote forests. Identifying these new threats and opportunities is the first important step towards further researching and managing them. This chapter reviews different approaches to horizon-scanning, together with ways of encouraging uptake of scanning outputs. It concludes by introducing emerging technologies that will add value to horizon-scanning in the future.
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