Survey data of public awareness on climate change and the value of marine and coastal ecosystems

Fonseca, C., Wood, L.E., Andriamahefazafy, M., Casal, G., Chaigneau, T., Cornet, A., C.C., Degia, K., Failler, P., Ferraro, G., Furlan, E., Hawkins, J., de Juan, S., Krause, T., McCarthy, T., Pérez, G., Roberts, C., Trégarot, E. & O'Leary, B.C. (2023) Survey data of public awareness on climate change and the value of marine and coastal ecosystems. Data in Brief, 47, 108924. DOI:10.1016/j.dib.2023.108924. 

Data in Brief, 47, 108924. DOI:10.1016/j.dib.2023.108924 (IF2023 1,0; Q3 Multidisciplinary Sciences)
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The long-term provision of ocean ecosystem services depends on healthy ecosystems and effective sustainable management. Understanding public opinion about marine and coastal ecosystems is important to guide decision-making and inform specific actions. However, available data on public perceptions on the interlinked effects of climate change, human impacts and the value and management of marine and coastal ecosystems are rare. This dataset presents raw data from an online, self-administered, public awareness survey conducted between November 2021 and February 2022 which yielded 709 responses from 42 countries. The survey was released in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian) and consisted of four main parts: (1) perceptions about climate change; (2) perceptions about the value of, and threats to, coasts, oceans and their wildlife, (3) perceptions about climate change response; and (4) socio-demographic information. Participation in the survey was voluntary and all respondents provided informed consent after reading a participant information form at the beginning of the survey. Responses were anonymous unless respondents chose to provide contact information. All identifying information has been removed from the dataset. The dataset can be used to conduct quantitative analyses, especially in the area of public perceptions of the interlinkages between climate change, human impacts and options for sustainable management in the context of marine and coastal ecosystems. The dataset is provided with this article, including a copy of the survey and participant information forms in all four languages, data and the corresponding codebook.