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Project Description


Problem brief

Pollution is still a prevalent issue surrounding the seas and oceans of Australia. In order to help better the protection of the ecosystem, the ability to predict major flow of waste will help maximise the efficiency of waste removal.

Solution

A forecasting engine, which allows predictions for where rubbish will end up based on currents. Alongside the forecasting engine there will be an app which allows users to report rubbish when they are out on the water.

Who are we?

We are project ARC (Australian Rubbish Cleanup). Our mission is to protect Australia's Reefs and Marine Life by removing plastic from our Oceans. Our promise is to leave a Clean and Brighter future.

What we are going to do?

Our mission is to help protect Australia’s reefs and marine life by maximising the efficiency of waste removal in our oceans. We can only do so much with code, we need the Australian community to help out and we have strong motivations backing our proposal. We will strive to encourage both young and older generations to use our mobile app, which is an easy way for the community to help contribute to the protection of our marine life and provide a healthier, cleaner environment for future generations to experience.

What’s our vision for the future?

We want future Australian generations to witness the beauty that is our marine life. Our current proposal is just the first phase of our 3-phase project.

Phase 1: Our current proposal.
Phase 2: Add more data to the predictive solution.
Phase 3: Implementing AI to map the predictive solutions for us.

What data have we used?

The data that we found to be the most valuable to our cause and goals included three of the datasets available. These datasets include: OceanTemperatures, OceanMotionU, OceanMotionV. We have gathered the horizontal and vertical currents throughout the Tasman Sea from the motion datasets and combined the information with that of the ocean temperatures to effectively predict the movement of rubbish in the area. The information from temperature dataset was used to see if there was any correlation between the quantity of rubbish and the temperature of the water.

For future aspirations, we will investigate wider datasets that cater for information all around
Australia. This will inevitably include Queensland so we will be able to better cater for local communities and businesses. Another positive effect a wider dataset can provide is the ability to better determine patterns in the data. A better understanding of the current movements and properties will create a more effective and efficient app for the community to respond to.


Data Story


How does the data impact the story we are telling?

Using water current data we can predict where plastic rubbish is going to be and therefore intercept using sea bins. Additionally we can use data sets to show where Australia’s pollution locations in combination with storm water drains to predict where plastic is going to be.

See our story on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10214380809326360&id=1001658455

Credit to Authors used in Video

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-06/diver-films-wave-of-plastic-pollution-off-bali-coast/9508662

Our Team

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Evidence of Work

Video

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Team DataSets

Australia Ocean 3D Bluelink Forecast Data Sample

Description of Use: This dataset captures a one-year period and is provided to support anyone wanting to better understand the model or how to work with this data.

Data Set

Challenges

Bounty: Decision Support

Region: Australia

Challenge

Litter Challenge

Region: Queensland

Challenge

Science Data Challenge

Region: Queensland

Challenge

Exploring the Oceans

Region: Australia

Challenge
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