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Scientific Articles

There are many research and academic articles looking at the health benefits and well-being around the blue spaces. Get inspired by reading, look at the proof and try it out yourself!

Valuing the health benefits of physical activities in the marine environment and their importance for marine spatial planning.
Papathanasopoulou, E., White, M. P., Hattam, C., Lannin, A., Harvey, A., & Spencer, A. (2016). Valuing the health benefits of physical activities in the marine environment and their importance for marine spatial planning. Marine Policy, 63, 144–152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.10.009

Blue space, health and well-being: A narrative overview and synthesis of potential benefits.
White, M. P., Elliott, L. R., Gascon, M., Roberts, B., & Fleming, L. E. (2020). Blue space, health and well-being: A narrative overview and synthesis of potential benefits. Environmental Research, 191, 110169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110169

Coastal proximity and physical activity: Is the coast an under-appreciated public health resource?
White, M. P., Wheeler, B. W., Herbert, S., Alcock, I., & Depledge, M. H. (2014). Coastal proximity and physical activity: Is the coast an under-appreciated public health resource? Preventive Medicine, 69, 135–140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.09.016

Seeking everyday wellbeing: The coast as a therapeutic landscape
Bell, S. L., Phoenix, C., Lovell, R., & Wheeler, B. W. (2015). Seeking everyday wellbeing: The coast as a therapeutic landscape. Social Science & Medicine, 142, 56–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.011

Swimming as an accretive practice in healthy blue space
Foley, R. (2017). Swimming as an accretive practice in healthy blue space. Emotion, Space and Society, 22, 43–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2016.12.001

Associations between green/blue spaces and mental health across 18 countries.
White, M.P., Elliott, L.R., Grellier, J. et al. Associations between green/blue spaces and mental health across 18 countries. Sci Rep 11, 8903 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-87675-0

The Ocean Decade—Opportunities for Oceans and Human Health Programs to Contribute to Public Health
Fleming, L. E., Depledge, M., Bouley, T., Britton, E., Dupont, S., Eatock, C., Garside, R., Heymans, J. J., Kellett, P., Lloret, J., Maycock, B., Pahl, S., Philippart, C. J. M., Roberts, B. R., Thiele, T., White, M. P., & Wuijts, S. (2021). The Ocean Decade—Opportunities for Oceans and Human Health Programs to Contribute to Public Health. American Journal of Public Health, 111(5), 808–811. https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2021.306229