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Assessing Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping as a participatory and interdisciplinary approach to explore marine microfiber pollution

Abstract

Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) is a participatory modelling tool used to explore complex systems by facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation and integrating a variety of knowledge systems. Here FCM was used to explore marine microfiber pollution. Through individual interviews with representatives from the research, industry, water and environmental sectors, five stakeholder FCMs were developed and used to produce an aggregated community FCM in a stakeholder workshop. Stakeholder FCMs and the revised community FCM were used to compute how the modelled system reacted to changes under two scenarios developed during the stakeholder workshop; (i) Green Shift and (ii) increased textile consumption and production. Significant differences were observed in scenario results from the stakeholder-based models and the community-based model. For societal challenges characterized by unknowns around the problem and potential solutions, inclusion of a variety of knowledge systems through FCM and deliberation processes contribute to a more holistic picture of the system and its uncertainties.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 268404

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Vilde Margrete Salberg
  • Andrew Booth
  • Susie Jahren
  • Paula Novo

Affiliation

  • Unknown
  • SINTEF Ocean / Climate and Environment

Year

2022

Published in

Marine Pollution Bulletin

ISSN

0025-326X

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

179

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