3.2
142 reviews
50K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Debris Tracker is an open data citizen science movement, powered by Morgan Stanley. Join us in creating a bigger picture of the plastic pollution crisis by using the app to report litter wherever you find it, from our oceans to your backyard. Every day, dedicated educational, non-profit, and scientific organizations and passionate citizen scientists from all around the world use the Debris Tracker app to record GPS data on inland and marine debris. To date, Debris Tracker users have contributed 2 million items to our open-data platform, hosted at the University of Georgia and accessible to researchers and curious citizens everywhere. Together we can create a more comprehensive understanding of marine debris and plastic pollution by collecting and sharing data, generating scientific findings, informing policy, and inspiring upstream solutions.

See our website for more information on how to get started or to download data: http://www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu/. Debris Tracker is a joint effort of the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the Southeast Atlantic Marine Debris Initiative (SEA-MDI) out of the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Continued use of GPS in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Updated on
Dec 11, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Photos and videos, and App info and performance
Data isn’t encrypted
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

3.4
138 reviews
Gerrit VanderWaal
March 6, 2021
I like the app. I like crowd-sourced science. I had no issues using it but I saw: 1. The "help" icon uses URL that leads to a page with no content 2. I have location permissions set to "allow all the time" but the app stops using the location when the screen is off. This seems like it interferes with the app's goal of capturing a path log for statistical analysis. 3. I wish the keyboard used when editing the number of an item found used the number-only keyboard instead of the full one
15 people found this review helpful
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Stuart Rovin
August 24, 2021
I'm probably using the app in the wrong way i.e. I don't live on the coast and look for debris in the ocean or waterways etc. But I use it when I take my nightly walk and pick up trash and debris from my neighborhood. But, your app tends to mess up quite often and can't find a GPS signal ( at least that's what it says), and the little wheel keeps spinning and it loses the distance that I've walked, which is very frustrating.
8 people found this review helpful
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Ivana Kovačić
September 13, 2021
I am using the app for a feq months and was happy with it. However, recently it started freezing mid data gathering, saying it is finding GPS signal and I had to refresh the app several times. Thankfully it didn't cause for my data gathered to that point to be lost. I hope the new update helps with this issue. Other than that, the app was good.
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What's new

- Introducing a working version for Android 13
- Projects and Sublists are not working within this version, we plan on releasing version 6.1.0 as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we undergo maintenance!