Meeting the leadership challenges for interdisciplinary environmental research

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Jul 16, 2018
Lisa Palmer


The world’s largest tides occur at the Bay of Fundy, between the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Eastern Canada, with height variations of 3.5 to 14.5 metres and an energy generation potential of 2,500 megawatts through the flow of billions of tonnes of water on a flood tide1. When a group assessed how to sustainably harness this tidal energy potential, they had a great deal to learn. Industry, regulators and stakeholders had limited experience with sustainability science. The tidal-power developer did not have relationships with the local stakeholders or know how to build trust with communities; the public utility company had never linked renewable energy generated by tides to the grid; and local fishermen wondered how much the hulking generators would impede commercial fishing. For David Hart, an ecologist and biologist and director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine, USA, it was an opportunity to study how a university as an institution could advance the transition to sustainability and document the project...

Read the full article in Nature Sustainability.

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