EPA's Microplastic Beach Protocol

Year of Publication

2021

The EPA’s Microplastic Beach Protocol was designed to help community scientists collect data on microplastic pollution along both freshwater and marine beaches and shorelines.

Source:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Author(s):

Geography:

Global

Type:

Measurement (Company/Product/Project), Strategy

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans

The EPA’s Microplastic Beach Protocol was designed to help community scientists collect data on microplastic pollution along both freshwater and marine beaches and shorelines. Using this protocol, volunteers can collect important data that can be used to characterize current levels of microplastics pollution and look for local, regional, and global trends. The protocol was originally developed by the 5Gyres Institute and has since been updated and revised by the EPA.