Raising awareness of underwater landscape – divers’ perception
How do divers perceive underwater landscape? A questionnaire developed by the University of Turku brought up some interesting answers.
The BalticRIM project partner University of Turku had disseminated a questionnaire among divers in Finland and received 139 answers. The results of this poll shed light on the role of underwater landscape and the way it is perceived. To put it simply, underwater landscape is a combination of its flora, fauna and cultural heritage. It is experienced with strong emotions and as a place it gets meanings and habits such as majestic, adventure and vulnerable. Answers given by the divers indicate a need to raise awareness of underwater landscape and its protection.
Laura Seesmeri (project researcher in landscape studies at the University of Turku) wrote a short contribution about the questionnaire for the Finish divers’ magazine to express gratitude to the divers for responding to the questionnaire and touch upon the key issues regarding the importance of underwater landscape.
In spring Laura Seesmeri made another effort to raise public awareness of underwater landscape. She took part in an event “For Our Sea´s sake” organized for children on the West coast of Finland. The event took part parallel to the opening seminar for maritime spatial planning in the West of Finland. Children had an opportunity to create their own model of an underwater landscape in an aquarium using stones, sand, flora, sunken wood and laminated pictures of fishes, and finally take picture of it with an underwater camera. Those who didn´t want to get wet, could chose definitions and elements of underwater landscape written on small pieces of paper and put them into a glass can. Kids also had an opportunity to compose a short story dedicated to underwater landscape. This wokshop has once again pointed out how crucial it is to raise awareness of underwater landscape, especially among children.