Citizen Scientists Wanted

Want to Volunteer for the InFORM Team? Now is the time to act!

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.  If you are interested in becoming involved in the project and discussing issues related to the health of our oceans please fill out the contact form below before Sept. 30, 2014. Your contact information will only be shared with  your NGO partners and not used for any commercial purpose.