Published on Algalita.org 8/2715
Algalita is developing the Plastic Ocean Index,
a GIS (Geographical Information System) that will combine and present
in-depth information about the presence of plastic in the world’s
This platform will allow Algalita and other plastic pollution
researchers, including citizen scientists, to manage their data
geographically. It is a dynamic tool that translates large amounts of
information quickly and efficiently to reveal relationships, patterns,
The Plastic Ocean Index will provide an effective ongoing surveillance tool for
Algalita and will also be available on the Internet where it will be an
easily accessible resource for educational purposes by students,
educators, and scientists everywhere.
The Index is expected to launch July 2016.