May 2, 2019 - Joining NJ Clean Communities for the launch of VLS 2019, a visual litter survey of waterways in New Jersey and the VLS 2019 Curriculum to be held in Perth Amboy.
April 27, 2019 - Conducting a drone litter survey at the north end of Culver Lake in Frankford, NJ. This is a large marshy area that makes it difficult and unsafe to conduct an environmental survey using boots on the ground.
March 20, 2019 - Attended the Barnegat Bay Partnership 2019 Education and Outreach Retreat held at the Interpretive Center on Island Beach State Park. I gave spoke about the value of conducting environmental syrveys using drone technology (click here for a PDF of my PowerPoint presentation). Listening to the other presenters made it a very worthwile day and helps to see the great work others are doing to educate and inform the gerneral public. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
February 15, 2019 - Dronet, our international organization has completed its proof of concept data collection and methodology for conducting drone-based marine litter surveys and has now been closed. Three important take-aways are:
The standardized methodology can produce the drone-based VLS data that makes automated litter recognition feasible for using machine learning.
- The methodology can also be applied to non-marine visual litter surveys.
- We expect to see commercial and non-profit entities employing the concept emerge in the near future.
April 28, 2018 - DRONET is launched, the world's first global, marine drone network.
March 9, 2018 - What types of marine litter are we finding on the beach and how much of each type? More than 95% of what we are finding is composed of plastic. Click here for the results of a small sample area we recently cleaned.
February 22, 2018 - Got a few minutes, please help DD-Drones and The Plastic Tide in "tagging and identifying" marine beach litter that has been uploaded to the Zooniverse. Your assistance will help us refine the machine learning program algorithm to automatically recognize and classify marine litter. The photographs are from New Jersey's Island Beach State Park uploaded beginning Novermber 2017 and continuing through June 2018 as part of Dr. Enyeart's research.
February 18, 2018 - British Science Week announced the The Plastic Tide has been selected as its 2018 Citizen Partner. Congratulations Peter, you and the others in The Plastic Tide organization have worked hard and deserve this award. As we know this is just the beginning of other new and exciting announcements to come. Briish Science Week is a big deal in the UK and its impact stretches further than its border. Wish we had something like this in the US. To read more about British Science Week and its Citizen Science Award, click here.
December, 2017 - We are very pleased to announce our collaboration with The Plastic Tide in the UK. They are a great orgainzation and Peter Kohler, the founder, is pioneering the use of drone technology in the UK and influencing people beyond their borders and together we will continue to push the role of drones to help solve the problem of plastics in the ocean. As we continue to feed our litter survey photos into The Plastic Tides' zooniverse database, please consider taking few minutes to help tag the marine litter we have collected at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey.
Samples of what we are finding and have uploaded to be tagged.
Dr. Enyeart is currently in the process of developing a new mapping/monitoring process to aid in the automated identification of ocean beach litter/debris quantities and sources to provide information for the allocation of physical collection resources as well as change over time.
We are currently conducting an environmental beach litter survey on Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. The target area of 4.8 miles into 84 sections with each section being 100 yards in length. In the first pass, each segment will be recorded in 4K video and hi-res still photography formats to establish a base set of data. A second and possible third pass of specific sections will be planned to record changes over time. Data collection is expected to take nine to 12 months.