Title: Science Implications of the 21st Century Maritime Energy and Technology Transition
Abstract: Coupled Human-Natural Systems are in transition nearly always, and our best research considers the implications of cyclic and discontinuous change. This presentation will discuss how a clearer understanding of changing social and technological systems in global shipping can inform strategic research designs. In preparation for this seminar, consider this question: If international ships operating in coastal and marine environments were to be very different in a few (tens) of years, how would that affect the science we do? Whether we are social scientists or life/natural scientists, the potential to pose better research questions may be an opportunity we share. Issues of scale, longitudinal trends, feedback, and interactions will be discussed. Most of the examples will relate to policy-focused research related to energy systems, environmental impacts, and economic motivations for ship traffic patterns and modernization.