Cit­i­zen Sci­ence Tack­ling Urban Plas­tic Pollution

Uni­ver­si­ty of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Uni­ver­si­ty aims to help reduce urban-sourced ocean plas­tic pol­lu­tion reach­ing the ocean from cities.

There is an almost total absence of city-scale data on plas­tic pol­lu­tion, large­ly because of the chal­lenge of street-lev­el data col­lec­tion across an entire city. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Portsmouth’s Cit­i­zen Sci­ence project will work in part­ner­ship with cit­i­zen sci­en­tists, ini­tial­ly in Portsmouth, then scal­ing up, to deter­mine the dis­tri­b­u­tion, vol­ume, type and, poten­tial­ly, sources of urban plas­tic pol­lu­tion, in order to inform action. The out­comes of the sur­vey will also include a guide and asso­ci­at­ed mate­ri­als, which will be used to scale up the approach for deliv­ery in oth­er cities in the UK, and beyond.

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