Build an AI-powered Ocean Life Protector

Contact: James Hodson,

Short Description: SDG14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans. Build AI models that help preserve ocean life.

Detailed Description:  8,300 million metric tons of plastics have been produced to date and 91% of that was not recycled. Studies estimate there are 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans.  Marine mammals, fish, sea turtles and seabirds ingest plastic every year. In our oceans alone, plastic debris outweighs zooplankton by a ratio of 36-to-1. A recent study found that a quarter of fish at markets in California contained plastic in their guts, mostly in the form of plastic microfibers. Plastics also affects human health. Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments. The objective of this project is to model how animal migratory patterns cross paths with sea garbage patches to predict where the sea animal species come in contact with the highest quantity of plastic particles and how that influences the food chain. The results will help to inform policy decisions at the local, and country-wide levels. Projects will include Machine Learning models, data management platforms, and visualization engines to allow countries to interact with the data and assist in decision making. Successful projects will have the opportunity to present their products in front of country representatives, researchers, and policy-makers at the AI for Good Foundation Global Conference in 2019!

Possible Data Sets:

World Fish:



Ocean Data Viewr:



US Coast Guard:

Plastic Adrift:


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