By: Courtney Arthur
We are thrilled to unveil a new tool for the marine debris community!
Today, the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) is launching the Marine Debris Clearinghouse, an online resource for the rapidly growing marine debris community to discover, explore, and apply knowledge in marine debris research and operations. This resource will benefit the nation’s coastal managers, researchers, policy makers, educators, industry, and communities studying to mitigate marine debris and its impacts.
In its first phase, the Clearinghouse is an extensive database housing current, future, and historical MDP-funded marine debris projects related to removal, research and outreach. The site’s sophisticated search function allows users to query specific project data, such as date and description, location, or marine debris type. Its mapping and reporting functions also allows users to quickly obtain information in multiple formats.
In the coming months, the site will grow to include a library of documents, including best practices, regional action plans, technical documents, and papers that reflect the state of knowledge of a given topic area within marine debris study. In the future, the program plans to expand this database to include information from federal partners and the broader marine debris community.
We are thrilled to unveil this new tool and invite you to visit the Marine Debris Clearinghouse. Please investigate and report back! We’re open to comments and suggestions for improving usability, so feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Peter Murphy and Courtney Arthur