Citizen Scientists Page

Thanks for your response…now what is next?

The process of building our citizen scientist teams continues and the InFORM network itself is taking shape rapidly since our inception in mid-August 2014. The InFORM team is in the process of contacting volunteers and organizing to collect samples.  In some of the major population centres we have many volunteers and we are working on a strategy to allow most to be involved in sample collection over the 3 year life of the project.  We will be in contact shortly with more details and sample collection will begin in certain communities in the coming weeks with the network being fully operational by next month.

So far we have ~600 volunteers from all across BC (and from as far away as Winnipeg MB, Newmarket ON and even Ballina Australia!) contact us to express willingness and enthusiasm to help the project. We’ve made a wordle of your comments which generates a word cloud where the size of the text reflects how often a word appeared.

Wordle of InFORM Volunteer Comments

Wordle of InFORM Volunteer Comments

We have had great response from Victoria, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.  The InFORM team is very excited with this response and plans are in the works for training and orientation so that first samples can be collected next month. If you know friends or have family in some of the more remote locations we have identified please consider bringing the project and the opportunity to volunteer to their attention.  Sampling equipment arrived at UVic today.  Expect to hear from us in the coming weeks and thanks again for your interest.

The InFORM network is monitoring low-level radioactivity that is drifting across the Pacific from the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

The inshore, coastal component of the program will involve the establishment of 14 sampling locations along the British Columbia coast. The network is seeking citizen scientists in the following BC communities:

  • Port Renfrew
  • Bamfield
  • Tofino/Ucluelet
  • Nootka Island/Tahsis
  • Winter Harbour
  • Port Hardy
  • Bella Bella
  • Hartley Bay
  • Prince Rupert
  • Haida Gwaii
  • Salt Spring Island
  • Powell River/Sunshine Coast
  • Vancouver
  • Victoria


Citizen scientists will provide monthly samples for the next three years that will be returned to our laboratories for analysis to better understand the arrival and intensity of the Fukushima contaminated seawater plume. Local groups of citizen scientists will be trained to collect 24 litre seawater samples for radioisotope analysis and record important properties like seawater temperature and salinity.