MICROPLASTICS COMMUNITY SCIENCE TOOLKIT
The resources, tools and technology you need to help protect the planet from microplastic pollution.
Our tools. YOUR power to make a difference. Together, WE create change.
Microplastics (pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in size) have been found in all of Earth’s environments, our food, water, air and even our bodies. While cleaning up plastic pollution is important, we must also prevent it from entering the environment in the first place. To drive solutions, decision makers need more than global scientists alone can provide.
Community Scientists are students, community members, beach cleanup volunteers and ocean enthusiasts who help to fill these data gaps. Using Ocean Diagnostics' Microplastics Community Science Toolkit, you can collect and analyze microplastic data from you local sandy beaches to help identify and address solutions for your community while populating a global database.
WE ALL have the power to protect our planet from microplastic pollution
WHAT'S IN THE TOOLKIT?
Collect the microplastic pollution data needed to inform local and global solutions
Educational resource about microplastic pollution and community science
Sandy beach microplastic sampling protocol
Data Evaluation Guide to identify the types of microplastics to better understand your community's litter sources
Communication and advocacy tools to address solutions
TECHNOLOGY & TOOLS
2 sieves (for the beach sampling)
1 Saturna Imaging System: the first-of-its-kind technology that uses machine learning to count and characterize the physical properties of visible microplastics from sandy beach samples
Access to the Mariana: a global open-access and collaborative microplastics database that provides heat maps and data visualizations to inform on hot spot locations and priorities for action
HOW IT WORKS
1. Order your Toolkit to receive all the resources, tools and technology you need to run a community science microplastic project.
The Toolkit includes first-of-its-kind AI-based imaging technology to provide size, shape, colour and abundance data on the microplastics you collect during your beach surveys. This data, along with microplastic types, helps to uncover where the microplastics came from, how they move through the environment, which species may be affected and more.
The Mariana Data Portal
Used together, Saturna and Mariana empower Community Scientists to fill global microplastic data gaps and contribute to meaningful solutions to stop plastic pollution at the source.