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

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 05/2017
Authors: Kieran Hyder, Serena Wright, Mark Kirby, Jan Brant
Journal title: Marine Pollution Bulletin
ISSN: 0025326X

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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