A visualization tool for citizen-science marine debris big data

A visualization tool for citizen-science marine debris big data
Graeme F. Clark, Jordan Gacutan, Robert Lawther, Emma L. Johnston, Heidi Tait & Tomasz Bednarz – Published 18 Mar 2021

We describe the design and structure of a web-based visualization tool for an Australian marine debris database and its application in environmental research, management and science communication. We give examples of its use in generating hypotheses regarding processes driving the distribution of marine debris, identifying source reduction opportunities and communicating science to the public and stakeholders. We suggest this as a model for utilizing other latent environmental data sets, enabling users to implement the five ‘source-to-sea’ steps to characterize, engage, diagnose, design, act and adapt when addressing leading environmental concerns.

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Figure 1. Tangaroa Blue Foundation (TBF) process describing the categorization of debris present per site, additional data collected, quality control and entry into The Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database


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