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How Do We Measure Marine Debris Baselines? Survey Says!

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By: Dianna Parker

How do scientists know how much marine debris accumulates on a beach or if efforts to prevent it are working?

Survey Says!…


Shoreline monitoring and assessment! It’s how we get a baseline of what marine debris is out there, as well as measure change and establish trends.

In spirit of the National Ocean Service’s week-long celebration of the surveys we rely on every day, let’s take a look our monitoring lead Sherry Lippiatt’s overview of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s monitoring and assessment project.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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