DIAGNOSING OUR PLANET’S GREATEST
Ocean Diagnostics tackles plastic pollution through innovative technology, laboratory analysis, data platforms and collaborative partnerships. We measure and characterize the sources, transport and fate of microplastics and fibres in our oceans, water systems and other environments.
Ocean Diagnostics develops enabling technologies to enhance the use of environmental DNA to address biodiversity loss in oceans and other aquatic systems.
"TO PROTECT THE OCEAN, WE FIRST NEED TO UNDERSTAND IT."
Plastic pollution and biodiversity loss threaten planetary and human health
Estimates suggest global annual plastic emissions may reach 53 million metric tons per year by 2030. In the environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Microplastics are pieces of plastic 5mm and smaller. Many microplastics, including microfibers and nanoplastics, are too small for the human eye to see, but they threaten organisms and humans on a global scale.
Living Planet Report 2020 recorded a 68% average decline of mammal, bird, fish, amphibian and reptile from 1970 to 2016 (analyzing 20,811 populations of 4,392 species). Microplastics have been found in the tiniest organisms to the largest predators. Plastic production and its environmental effects significantly contribute to climate change and biodiversity loss.
Global. Complex. Solvable.
Tackling plastic pollution and biodiversity loss requires multiple solutions from how we design, manufacture, and use materials, to how we manage our waste and the environment. It is not enough to clean up the waste we have created. We must turn off the tap at the source.
Sufficient scientific data is crucial to understand and address the root causes of these problems and to identify solutions to protect our environment.
The scale of the problem and its complexity demands intelligent and fast technologies to gather and analyze the data necessary to drive positive change.
Innovative. Intelligent. Collaborative.
Ocean Diagnostics develops technologies and analytical capabilities to enable informed decisions on how to protect the environment from plastic pollution and biodiversity loss.
We innovate and apply technologies to advance microplastics and environmental DNA (eDNA) sample collection, analysis, monitoring and data visualization.
WHO WE ARE
Innovators. Problem Solvers. Collaborators.
Ocean Diagnostics is an environmental impact company that works with academia, government, industry, foundations, environmental firms and citizens to understand and address plastic pollution and biodiversity loss. We were founded by scientists and engineers who wanted to break the barriers of collecting and analyzing scientific data to influence informed decision making.
Discover. Diagnose. Protect.
Ocean Diagnostics diagnoses and protects our planet from the threats of plastic pollution and biodiversity loss through science, technology and partnerships.
Why Ocean Diagnostics when these problems affect our entire planet? From source to sea, everything relates back to the ocean.
DEPLOYING MICROPLASTICS TECHNOLOGY WITH NON-PROFITS
Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
PILOTING CITIZEN SCIENCE PROTOCOLS AND TECHNOLOGY ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
Environment and Climate Change Canada
STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF MICROPLASTICS ON GALAPAGOS PENGUINS
University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Global action requires collaborative partnerships
We partner with international experts and funders to innovate and deploy cutting-edge technologies and capabilities to support positive change. Only in this way, will the true impact of our mission be realized.