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Four Paradoxes of the User–Provider Interface: A Responsible Innovation Framework for Sea Ice Services

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Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University and Research, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 448; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020448
Received: 29 November 2019 / Revised: 30 December 2019 / Accepted: 1 January 2020 / Published: 7 January 2020
In the Arctic region, sea ice retreat as a decadal-scale crisis is creating a challenging environment for navigating long-term sustainability. Innovations in sea ice services can help marine users to anticipate sea ice concentration, thickness and motion, plan ahead, as well as increase the safety and sustainability of marine operations. Increasingly however, policy makers and information service providers confront paradoxical decision-making contexts in which contradictory solutions are needed to manage uncertainties across different spatial and temporal scales. This article proposes a forward-looking sea ice services framework that acknowledges four paradoxes pressuring sea ice service provision: the paradoxes of performing, contradictory functions embedded in sea ice services, contradicting desired futures and the paradox of responsible innovation. We draw on the results from a multi-year co-production process of (sub)seasonal sea ice services structured around scoping interviews, workshops and a participatory scenario process with representatives of marine sectors, fishers, hunters, metservice providers, and policy experts. Our proposed framework identifies institutionalized coproduction processes, enhanced decision support, paradoxical thinking and dimensions of responsible innovation as tactics necessary to address existing tensions in sea ice services. We highlight the role of socio-economic scenarios in implementing these tactics in support of responsible innovation in sea ice social–ecological systems. The article concludes with a discussion of questions around equity and responsibility raised by the ultimate confirmation that enhanced information, data infrastructures, and service provisions will not benefit all actors equally. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; sea ice services; social-ecological systems; responsible innovation; sustainability climate change; sea ice services; social-ecological systems; responsible innovation; sustainability
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Blair, B.; Lee, O.A.; Lamers, M. Four Paradoxes of the User–Provider Interface: A Responsible Innovation Framework for Sea Ice Services. Sustainability 2020, 12, 448. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020448

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Blair, Berill, Olivia A. Lee, and Machiel Lamers. 2020. "Four Paradoxes of the User–Provider Interface: A Responsible Innovation Framework for Sea Ice Services" Sustainability 12, no. 2: 448. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020448

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