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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

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  • 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) 

  • 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

Community Science Toolkit for Plastic Pollution

1. Order your Toolkit to receive all the resources, tools and technology you need to run a community science microplastic project.

Community Science Toolkit for Plastic Pollution Learning Resources

2. Learn about microplastic pollution through a digital educational resource.

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3. Collect microplastics from your local sandy beach using the scientific sampling protocol.

Students Studying Microplastic Pollution with Marine Technology

4. Image, upload and analyze your data using the Saturna Imaging System and Mariana Data Portal.

Data Evaluation Tools and Guides for Plastic Pollution Research

5. Identify the microplastic types in your community with the Data Evaluation Guide, then use your data to inform change at a local and global level.

Community Studies for Microplastic Pollution

6. Engage your community and decision makers while contributing to a global microplastics database.

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THE TECHNOLOGY

Saturna Imaging System

The Saturna Imaging System

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. ​

 

MarianaDataPortal

The Mariana Data Portal

 Mariana is an open-access database that hosts the data and provides heat maps and data visualization tools to inform on location of hot spots and priorities for action.​

​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.

TOOLKIT USES

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MEASURE MICROPLASTICS AND CONTRIBUTE THE DATA TO A GLOBAL DATABASE

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MONITOR MICROPLASTICS IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO INFORM LOCAL RESEARCH AND SOLUTIONS

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TEST FOR THE PRESENCE OF MICROPLASTICS AT YOUR FAVOURITE BEACHES AND LEARN ABOUT SOLUTIONS

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EDUCATE AND EMPOWER YOURSELF AND OTHERS TO CREATE CHANGE

Case Studies

Microplastics Community Science 2
Community Scientists in Victoria generate the largest microplastics database in the region and send results to parliament.
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NCES Hero Image - Microplastics Sampling - Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert Community Scientists link microplastic pollution to seasonal changes influenced by industry-related activities.
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qathet region Community Scientists identify sources of local microplastic pollution to add data to shoreline cleanups.
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Testimonials
Citizen Science Youth Ambassador

"Collecting data that can be used for advancing environmental policy is an exciting way to do real science, and make everyone feel a part of it. Engaging my fellow students in the microplastics sampling was a perfect way to extend our extracurricular activities in an educational and fun way."

Liam Pope-Lau, Grade 8

Citizen Science Youth Ambassador 2

"I enjoyed being able to get involved within my community and gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening to local beaches. The Toolkit would be an invaluable addition to any classroom because it allows for hands on experience away from a textbook. Students can gain a real world perspective from the evidence collected and can be inspired to advocate for the protection of their beaches."

Taya Holmes, Grade 12

Interested in the Toolkit for Educational Purposes?

We have designed a Toolkit specifically for STEM and environmental educators.

Order your Kit Today and start surveying your community!