Microplastics collected from Adventure Scientists-global microplastic volunteer initiative in Global Ocean from 2013-07-01 to 2017-03-30 (NCEI Accession 0211009)

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The Microplastics Initiatives of Adventure Scientists conducted surveys of microplastics pollution in aquatic ecosystems from 2013-2017. In this project, Adventure Scientists, in partnership with Ocean Analytics, conducted a Global Microplastic Initiatives- in order to fill a data gap critical to addressing the problem. The initiative utilized a network of trained volunteers to collect water samples across the world’s oceans. 1,058 volunteer-led expeditions collected 2,677 water samples over four years and spanning each continent and every ocean. The data contain microplastic pieces per L of water.
  • Cite as: Adventure Scientists (2020). Microplastics collected from Adventure Scientists-global microplastic volunteer initiative in Global Ocean from 2013-07-01 to 2017-03-30 (NCEI Accession 0211009). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211009. Accessed [date].
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Time Period2013-07-01 to 2017-03-30
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 81.09
S: -65.1775
E: 174.135
W: -169.92613
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Associated Resources
  • Marine environment microfiber contamination: Global patterns and the diversity of microparticle origins
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  • Plastic collected from SSV Corwith Cramer in North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre from 1989-07-13 to 2008-12-20 (NCEI Accession 0211007)
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2020-07-10
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Submission Package ID: 96BCU7
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  • Cite as: Adventure Scientists (2020). Microplastics collected from Adventure Scientists-global microplastic volunteer initiative in Global Ocean from 2013-07-01 to 2017-03-30 (NCEI Accession 0211009). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211009. Accessed [date].
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Theme keywordsNODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Provider Keywords
  • Adventure Scientists-Global Microplastic volunteer initiative
  • Microplastics
Data Center keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywordsNODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Provider Instruments
  • 1-L sample bottle
Place keywordsNODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Provider Place Names
  • Global Ocean
Project keywordsProvider Project Names
  • Adventure Scientists Microplastic Data
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  • Cite as: Adventure Scientists (2020). Microplastics collected from Adventure Scientists-global microplastic volunteer initiative in Global Ocean from 2013-07-01 to 2017-03-30 (NCEI Accession 0211009). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211009. Accessed [date].
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  • 2020-07-10T19:57:15Z - NCEI Accession 0211009 v1.1 was published.
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  • Parameter or Variable: Microplastics (measured); Units: Total pieces/L; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: 1-L sample bottle; Sampling and Analyzing Method: The sampling protocol involved water collection in a 1-L sample bottle provided by a volunteer, using the “grab method,” which was adapted from EPA grab sampling protocols.Samples were collected opportunistically from locations in regions where volunteers were visiting for personal travel. This resulted in 2,677 samples being collected for the Global Microplastics Initiative from sites disbursed irregularly around the world.; Data Quality Method: If a microplastic piece could not be confirmed as microplastic under a stereo microscope, it was examined under a compound microscope and subjected to the hot needle test. Microplastics were characterized by size..
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  • bottle
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