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

Caterina Fonseca, Louisa Emmeline Wood, Mialy Andriamahefazafy, Gema Casal, Tomas Chaigneau, Cindy Caroline Cornet, A. Karima Degia, Pierre Failler, Gianluca Ferraro, Elisa Furlan, Julie A. Hawkins, Silvia de Juan, Torsten Krause, Tim McCarthy, Géraldine Pérez, Callum M. Roberts, Ewan Tregarot, Bethan O'Leary

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108924
Number of pages9
JournalData In Brief
Early online date2 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2023


  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental perceptions
  • Human threats
  • Marine conservation
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Ocean management
  • Public opinion
  • Sustainable development

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