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TitleGeoHab's role in the presentation of scientific facts, a global challenge
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AuthorGreene, H G
SourceProgram and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; by Todd, B JORCID logo; Brown, C J; Lacharité, M; Gazzola, V; McCormack, E; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8295, 2017 p. 53, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksGeoHab 2017
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Meeting2017 GeoHab: Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping; Dartmouth, NS; CA; May 1-4, 2017
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Program and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
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SubjectsScience and Technology; Nature and Environment; Information and Communications; Government and Politics; Society and Culture; mapping techniques; oceanography; marine environments; coastal studies; conservation; marine organisms; marine ecology; resource management; biological communities; environmental studies; ecosystems; Sciences; Politics; Biology
ProgramOffshore Geoscience
Released2017 09 26
AbstractPolitics should never play a role in how scientific facts are determined and presented. Yet the so-called "alternative facts" have entered our lexicon from a political stage in the US and scientists around the world are scrambling to secure a voice that articulates what "facts" mean and how they are obtained. In general, science is under attack by politics. Although small and informal in comparison to other scientific organizations around the world, GeoHab is not immune from such attacks and scientists involved with GeoHab need to consider how to keep their organization scientifically pure with a strong voice of creditability. A brief review will be made on how GeoHab got where it is and the beneficial impacts made on the science of habitat and geologic mapping, and examples provided that illustrate the social and civil benefits of the organization and its scientists. A discussion will be made on what we see as the way forward and how GeoHab can put to rest the concept of "alternative facts".
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The sixteenth annual GeoHab Conference was held this year (2017) at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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