Ship-2-Shore: Living in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ship 2 Shore is an interactive, web-based education program that links classrooms from around the world via satellite with scientists conducting cutting-edge research on plastic marine debris in the North Pacific Gyre aboard the Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita in a quest to understand the impacts of plastic debris on the marine environment.

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Living in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
(July 2014 - August 2014):

The primary purpose of the 2014 Research Expedition is to conduct a thorough evaluation of the accumulation and fate of plastic marine debris in the North Pacific Gyre, comparing data from 11 stations sampled in 1999, 2008, and 2009 with replicate sampling at those same stations in 2014. We seek to study the development of “new ecosystems” and dispersion of plastics in the water column as the result of floating debris. Ultimately, we will merge existing data from the 1999 study, as well as data collected over the last 15 years, with the new 2014 data in order to evaluate long-term trends and changes in the Gyre. Utilizing the ship's satellite communication system, students will follow daily updates from the research team and interact directly with scientists by sending questions and comments.

The Ship-2-Shore Program is a great hands-on opportunity to see science being applied to real life scenarios outside of the classroom. If you are interested in getting involved with the Ship-2-Shore program this summer, please REGISTER HERE or contact for more information. This will be a six-week voyage beginning in July and we want students involved every step of the way.

Note: You must REGISTER for the Ship-2-Shore Program to enter the Ship-2-Shore Program Website.

If you are registered for the program and have received your username and password you can enter the Ship-2-Shore Education Program Website HERE.


Ship-2-Shore Educational Resources

The following resources are available for use without registering for the Ship-2-Shore Education Program. Ship-2-Shore Voyages aboard ORV Alguita in Google Maps

While at sea, the crew aboard Oceanographic Research Vessel Alguita share their experiences through daily descriptions and pictures. Now you can view several of these research voyages in Google Maps. Click on the sailboat icons to open the description for each day.


Mapping Plastic Marine Pollution: Lessons for Grades 4-12

This Educator's Guide provides lessons that allow students to explore plastic pollution research in the North Pacific Ocean using free Google Earth software. Lessons are aligned to California Science Content Standards and are accompanied by printable activity sheets. Click here to learn more: Mapping Plastic Pollution