The role of citizen science in monitoring small-scale pollution events

Hyder, Kieran ORCID:, Wright, Serena, Kirby, Mark and Brant, Jan (2017) The role of citizen science in monitoring small-scale pollution events. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 120 (1-2). pp. 51-57. ISSN 0025-326X

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Small-scale pollution events involve the release of potentially harmful substances into the marine environment. These events can affect all levels of the ecosystem, with damage to both fauna and flora. Numerous reporting structures are currently available to document spills, however there is a lack of information on small-scale events due to their magnitude and patchy distribution. To this end, volunteers may provide a useful tool in filling this data gap, especially for coastal environments with a high usage by members of the public. The potential for citizen scientists to record small-scale pollution events is explored using the UK as an example, with a focus on highlighting methods and issues associated with using this data source. An integrated monitoring system is proposed which combines citizen science and traditional reporting approaches.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This study was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as a technology transfer works package under “Marine Emergency Response Research” [ME1314] and supported by ideas developed within Defra project “Citizen Science Investigations - empowering the public through the use of novel technologies to collect policy-relevant marine data” [MF1230]. Publisher Copyright: © 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizen science,monitoring,small-scale pollution events,oceanography,aquatic science,pollution,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2023 03:23
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 03:08
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.038

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