Citizen Science

It would take all the scientists in the world to investigate the entire globe – and even they could not do it all. Therefore, we rely on your help. As citizen scientists you can support us with valuable data to better understand plastic pollution. The Citizen Science map displays real time data delivered by citizens scientists using the River Plastic Survey app and the Ocean Plastic Survey app.

To solve the ocean plastic pollution problem, The Ocean Cleanup deploys ocean cleanup systems as well as river interception devices. To refine our cleanup strategy and maximize the impact of our efforts, it is crucial that we have a deep understanding of the transport, accumulation, and composition of plastic pollution in the world’s waterbodies.

By zooming in on the clusters and clicking on individual survey dots, you can observe the results of our citizen science surveys.



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