In addition, the project will extract data from the scientific & grey literature on the distribution of litter in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic, identify ongoing activities on this topic to build up a joint Norwegian-Russian database. Multidisciplinary mapping will be performed using robotics, digital solutions and GIS to help develop a predictive tool for litter distribution using high resolution ocean model. The findings of the project will be disseminated to the student, public, civil industry, and policy makers in respective countries and globally.
Akvaplan-niva is managing the project through Lionel Camus with Alexei Bambulyak as the Russian coordinator, Trude Borch is the communications officer. Other Norwegian project partners are SALT Lofoten, Maritime Robotics, UNIS, NILU, GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and TerraNor. The Russian partners are MMBI KSC RAS, the State Oceanographic Institute, the Association Marine Heritage and the WWF Barents Sea Office.
The project Arctic tourism in the Barents Sea – awareness and participation for marine litter prevention is an add-on project to MALINOR. The project is led by Akvaplan-niva. The partners are the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), Murmansk Marine Biological Institute (MMBI) and Russian Arctic National ParK (RANP) who will coordinate the field work on Franz Josef Land.
The aim of the project is to develop a methodology making it feasible to have tourists assist in collecting data on marine litter in the Arctic. Whilst on cruise the tourists will take photos and note GPS coordinates of the litter that they can see along the shore of Svalbard and Franz Josef Land. This information will be sent to scientist for further processing and analysis. AECO, which work to educate tourists on environmental issues, will facilitate the distribution of this information to its members (40 expedition ships and 10 yachts). AECO members regularly contribute with observation to scientific studies and are therefore well trained in what is commonly labelled “citizens science”.