Deep Dive is an open access digital system for beach litter analysis and data collection in the Arctic. To solve the problem of beach litter, decisionmakers need to understand the sources and causes of litter. Most beach litter monitoring protocols do not provide this information, and the Deep Dive method is designed to fill this gap.
The Deep Dive beach litter analysis involves identifying the type, country of origin and age of containers, such as household-, food-, oil- and chemical containers. This gives insight into the likely geographical origin of the litter and whether discarding is on-going. Specific items associated with fishing activity are also identified and an in-depth analysis of ropes and nets is conducted to document likely intentional discards. Given that fisheries items dominate litter in the Arctic, items from this activity have been given a particular focus. The system is free to use by entities and individuals, such as researchers, students and educational institutions. The portal will be launched in 2021.