Recall we recently featured an update from NOAA about the Japan Tsunamis debris field that is headed towards the shoreline of North America. NOAA has made available many resources, however, there really isn’t much effort (yet) to deploy a popular mobile app to help in monitoring debris that has been found. There is, however, one app available for the Android mobile OS – "Marine Debris Tracker" – see Android Market
Some details of the app:
The first time you use Marine Debris Tracker, you will need to choose a username and password. This will allow you to view and download your data from the website.
The public data available for viewing and download on the website is anonymous, and you need your username and password to see and download your data as a separate file
Once you have registered once, your username and password is all you need to submit all your tracked data each tracking session
For more information about the app See the homepage at http://www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu/ . Here you can get complete details on how to load the app, how to use it, see recent debris finds, browse top users, see press updates and more.
For help on getting started with the app see HERE
About the app
The Mobile App Marine Debris Tracker is a joint partnership of the NOAA Marine Debris Division and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI), located within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Georgia. A primary goal of SEA-MDI is to use innovative technologies and unique expertise to add culturally relevant outreach tools and information to the current NOAA Marine Debris Division. Marine Debris Tracker is the first product of this initiative. It is our hope that it will spread awareness of marine debris, as well as serve as an easy to use and simple tool for marine debris data collection.
NOAA Tracking Marine Debris from the Japanese Tsunami – Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to predictions by NOAA scientists. However, they warn there is still a large amount of uncertainty over exactly what is still floating, where it’s located, where it will go, and when it will arrive.