A national picture of marine debris in the US
2015 - 2017. We applied our research methodologies to better understand the marine debris issue in the United States with data support from the Ocean Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ghost nets impacts on biodiversity
2009-2013. CSIRO conducted a project that explored sources, impacts and methods for amelioration of ghost nets as a threat to marine species.
Effects of marine debris on wildlife
2011-2014. CSIRO, in conjunction with Earthwatch Australia and founding partner Shell Australia conducted the TeachWild program between 2011 and 2014.
Debris sources and transport from the coastal margin to the ocean
Project Phase I. 2015-2016. CSIRO’s marine debris team, co-funded by the Australia Packaging Covenant, worked to better understand the sources of debris that end up on our shores and in our ocean.
Modelling and monitoring marine litter movement, transport and accumulation
2015-2016. The project goal was to increase the understanding of the state of knowledge, gaps and potential priority actions at a global and regional level for modelling and monitoring for the second session of the UN Environment Assembly in 2016.
Types, sources and at‐sea distribution of marine debris in Australian waters
2009-2011. Marine Debris is an increasing issue for the integrity of marine ecosystems in Australia, with reports of impacts on wildlife ranging from entanglement and drowning to increased transport of pollutants into food chains.
Waste management effectiveness in Australia
2016-2017. This project undertook the marine debris research announced in February 2016 by the then Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt, to encourage better waste management practices to improve water quality outcomes for Australia’s marine environment.
Potential Student Projects
We have a number of research ideas, and questions that may be answered through student-led research projects.
Establishing a Baseline of Marine Plastic Litter in the Philippines
Funded by DFAT, this project’s goal is to establish a national baseline of marine plastic litter in the Philippines over the next few years.
GTP Smart Sensor – Sydney Pilot Program
We will be running a pilot program for our GPT smart sensors and AI litter tracking in waterways technologies through a NSW Government SMART Places Acceleration Grant in Sydney.
Global plastic losses – Phase I
Project Phase I. 2017 - 2020. We quantified flows of plastic and other debris from land-based sources to the ocean. Quantifying flows of plastic and other debris from land-land based sources to the ocean
DCCEEW – National plastic pollution monitoring & storm water project
2022 - 2025. Improving Australia's plastic pollution understanding and monitoring.
Global plastic losses – Phase II
Phase II. 2020 - 2023. Quantifying flows of plastic and other debris from land-based sources to the ocean
Microsoft AI accelerates debris research
2020 - 2021. We used digital solutions to reduce plastic pollution are underway through a partnership with Microsoft.
Monitoring plastic pollution with artificial intelligence
2021 - Ongoing. CSIRO’s Marine Debris team has developed machine learning and computer vision models to monitor litter in waterways.
Gross pollutant trap (GPT) sensors
2021 - Ongoing. CSIRO’s team is using sensors to monitor stormwater drains and gross pollutant traps (GPTs) across Australia.
National Park – Ghost Nets
We retrospectively analysed ghost net sighting information from four aerial surveys across 15 years, to investigate whether densities of ghost nets are changing through time or in space!
COBSEA is partnering with CSIRO to provide technical assistance and capacity building toward harmonized marine litter monitoring programmes. Trainings on […]
UN River Risks
Team members Qamar Schuyler, Lauren Roman, Britta Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox have recently published a report assessing the risk of plastic pollution to migratory species
National Baseline Project
Introduction Marine debris has been identified as a significant risk to biodiversity, economies, human health, fisheries management, tourism and invasive […]
CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission
We have been working with collaborators from across industry, research and government to co-design this mission. The mission is in development and will continue to evolve.