The Contribution of Citizen Scientists to the Monitoring of Marine Litter.
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Citizen science projects are based on volunteer participation of untrained citizens who contribute information, data and samples to scientific studies. Herein we provide an overview of marine litter studies that have been supported by citizen scientists (n = 40) and compare these studies with selected studies conducted by professional scientists (n = 40). Citizen science studies have mainly focused on the distribution and composition of marine litter in the intertidal zone. Studies extended over regional, national and international scales, with time periods generally extending from less than one year to two years. Professional studies have also examined the distribution and composition of marine litter, but from intertidal, subtidal and pelagic zones, with some focusing exclusively on microplastics. These studies have been conducted over local, regional and international scales, usually for less than one year each. Both citizen science and professional studies on marine lit.....
Title of BookMarine Anthropogenic Litter.
Editor(s) of BookBergmann, Melanie
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
CitationHidalgo-Ruz, V. and Thiel, M. (2015) The Contribution of Citizen Scientists to the Monitoring of Marine Litter. In: Marine Anthropogenic Litter, (eds Bergmann, M., Gutow, L. and Klages, M.). Heidelberg, Springer Open, pp.429-447. DOI:0.1007/978-3-319-16510-3_16
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