Got to check out the aerial mapped trash or map trash in your area! Jenna Jambeck, a colleague from my Alma Matter….with very impressive research. I’m sure UGA Engineering is happy to have her!
The easy-to-use Marine Debris Tracker app can be downloaded free for use on iPhones and Android phones (through Android Market). The simple tool allows users to report the type of debris and its location through GPS features pre-installed on a cell phone. The data reported are posted at http://www.noaa.gov/exit.html?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu%2F for viewing and downloading. The app also encourages users to recycle or properly dispose of the trash they find.
Jenna Jambeck, assistant professor for the Faculty of Engineering at UGA and one of the app’s developers, says the app is one way the initiative is trying to reach people and raise awareness of marine debris.