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Elyea 1 Taylor Elyea Sustainable Environments Assignment #4: part 2 24 October 2018 The Plastic Tide Project For this assignment, I chose to participate in “The Plastic Tide” project. This citizen science project collects drone imagery from various beaches to create a program that can detect and measure levels of plastics that wash up on the shore. By using an algorithm that can track where plastics are located on beaches, scientists will eventually be able to detect where the remaining 99% of plastic that gets thrown into the ocean ends up. One of their primary goals for the project is to be able to collect enough data from enough beaches for the algorithm to be able to function on its own and without human interference. To increase the amount of data being collected, The Plastic Tide Project encourages citizens to participate in identifying plastic litter on various beach images; the more pieces that are identified, the more effective the algorithm will become in identifying them. Therefore, I contributed by locating plastic objects on a multitude of drone images of the beach and identifying them as either “hard or soft plastics,” “fishing materials,” or other types of litter, over the span of an hour. Participating in this project truly opened my eyes to how beneficial citizen participation can be towards enhancing scientific knowledge to be used to improve the environment. It is one thing to read articles about citizen science and how scientists are reaching out to “non-scientists” for help, but it is another thing to actually contribute to a scientific endeavor and realize that however miniscule task it may seem, it actually has a substantial impact on scientific advancement. Contributing to this project has redefined my worldview in that I have a better
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  • Spring '13
  • AllisonHayes-Conroy
  • Science, Taylor Elyea, Plastic Tide Project

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