MARE in Amsterdam
Scientific knowledge serves as both the source of Blue Fear and a potential catalyst for its resolution. Some individuals view scientific knowledge as the cause for their unease, a reminder of the dire state of our oceans. Others, however, perceive it as a beacon of hope, a means to confront and mitigate the challenges we face. The intertwining relationship between scientific knowledge and Blue Fear led Ramona Hägele and me to discuss our fieldwork with natural scientists in Mexico and the Labrador Sea, and discussed their practices of “Sensing Seagrass, Sensing Sediment”. Our talk today highlighted the concerns and challenges faced by researchers studying the degradation of seagrasses and the potential of deep-sea channels as carbon sink. We conducted fieldwork with scientists who work on phenomena little is known about. They cannot rely on scientific knowledge and can also not rely on familiar ways of measuring but have to use their senses to come up with either conclusions or the way forward in research.