The opinion of divers on the interpretation of marine geology in the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha (Brazil)

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Tatiane Ferrari do Vale
Rafael Altoe Albani
Jasmine Cardozo Moreira


Environmental interpretation seeks to reveal meanings to provoke personal connections between the public and the protected heritage. In the specific case of geological heritage, it determines and communicates the meaning of a geological and geomorphological phenomenon, event or location. There is a range of nature tourism activities that can promote interpretation of this heritage. The practice of properly organized scuba diving can bring benefits both for conservation of the environment and for local communities. Fernando de Noronha is one of the best dive sites in the world and actions focused on aspects of marine geology add even more value to the activity. In this sense, we sought to investigate by applying a questionnaire on the opinion of divers on environmental interpretation and aspects of marine geology in the archipelago. The questionnaire was applied online between April 2018 and May 2019, with 100 individuals who practiced scuba diving in the archipelago at least once. Different data collection techniques were applied for data collection (convenience, quota and snowball). The main results indicate that information on marine geology is relevant for the carrying out scuba diving, and actions in this sense are able to contribute to a more conscious posture regarding island sustainability.

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Ferrari do Vale, Tatiane, Rafael Altoe Albani, and Jasmine Cardozo Moreira. (2021) 2021. “The Opinion of Divers on the Interpretation of Marine Geology in the Archipelago of Fernando De Noronha (Brazil)”. Journal of the Geological Survey of Brazil 4 (SI1).
Special Issue - Geoconservation
Author Biographies

Tatiane Ferrari do Vale, Speleological Research Universiy Group

Master in Territory Management and graduated in tourism from the Ponta Grossa State University. 

Rafael Altoe Albani, UFRJ - Rio de Janeiro Federal University

Geographer, Master of Geoscience and currently is PhD student from post graduate program of Geology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Work as Geography professor at the Education Department of Rio de Janeiro.

Jasmine Cardozo Moreira, Ponta Grossa State University

She is an associate professor at the Ponta Grossa State University, in the Bachelor of Tourism course and Postgraduate in Territory Management (master's) and Geography (doctorate). She is also an assistant professor (visitor) at the West Virginia University, in the United States, where she develops research in partnership with the American Forest Service. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Tourism from the Paraná Federal University, a specialization in Ecotourism, a Master's in Tourism and Hospitality from the Vale do Itajaí University, a PhD in Geography from UFSC and a post-doctorate from the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain) and West Virginia (United States).