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Accurate mental maps as an aspect of Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK): a case study from Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland

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McKenna, J, Quinn, R, Donnelly, DJ and Cooper, JAG (2008) Accurate mental maps as an aspect of Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK): a case study from Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland. Ecology and Society, 13 (1). pp. 1-23. [Journal article]

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Abstract

A mental map of the substrate of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, compiled from interviews with local fishermen, is compared with maps produced by science-based techniques. The comparison reveals that the mental map is highly accurate. This finding contrasts with the spatial distortion characteristic of the classic mental map. The accuracy of the Lough Neagh map is attributed to the fact that it is a compendium of the knowledge of several generations, rather than an individual perception. Individual distortions are filtered out, and accuracy is promoted by economic self-interest. High accuracy may be characteristic of the mental maps held by artisanal exploiters of natural resources.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Maritime Archaeology
ID Code:14482
Deposited By:Dr Rory Quinn
Deposited On:29 Jun 2010 09:02
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:17

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