Week 5: Oceans and Us > Topic 5b - Socio-economics

The information, which satellite sensors can provide, hugely supports the investigations of socio-economic issues surrounding the use of marine resources.

In an ever-changing world, with more and more people moving to the coast and exploiting marine resources, governments need to make decisions about what sectors a marine environment can support sustainably over time. This also means weighing out where we can benefit most from either conserving or using valuable resources.

The job for socio-economists is to understand how the marine environment is changing,what kind of sectors it can support (e.g. Aquaculture) and what that means to communities.

By combining satellite data with tools for mapping socioeconomic parameters we gain useful insight for planning solutions on how to use the environment in a more holistic way. This helps making decisions on whether an area is suitable for e.g. tourism, aquaculture or offshore oil platforms.

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Chlorophyll concentrations around Scotland

Chlorophyll concentration in red with aquaculture farms in purple in Scotland

Chlorophyll concentration in red with aquaculture farms in purple and areas with the highest employment for the marinine environment in Scotland shown as lighter orange to darker.

Chlorophyll concentration shown in red with areas of urban (light purple) or rural (dark purple) communities in Scotland.

The green line = <5% fisheries related employment
The white line = < 5-20% fisheries related employment
The red line = > 20% fisheries related employment

Areas in light grey have the middle and most deprived incomes
Areas in dark grey have the least deprived incomes.

Blue parts are 10m and under ship catches
Orange is over 10m ship catches