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

Vilde Margrete Salberg, Andy M. Booth*, Susie Jahren, Paula Novo

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113713
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume179
Early online date5 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Natural fibers
  • Scenario development
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Textiles

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