Utrecht researchers to develop app to predict plastic movement at sea

A shoreline at the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Nathalie Marquis on Unsplash.
A shoreline at the Galapagos Islands. Photo by Nathalie Marquis on Unsplash.

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World Conservation Day has become the focal point for the Galapagos Plastic Free project, which aims to make the Galapagos Islands the first ecosystem to be plastic-free again.

App to track plastic movement in the oceans

In the project, oceanographers Erik van Sebille and Stefanie Ypma are collaborating with the Galapagos Conservation Trust together with a number of other international ecologists, sociologists and a garbologists. The Utrecht researchers are working on the development of an app that can be used to predict where and when plastic will wash up on the Galapagos. This should help local park rangers to carry out clean ups more efficiently and thus prevent the plastic from returning to the sea.

Support the campaign

Mapping the ocean currents plays a crucial role in the project, requiring a new type of drifters. The Utrecht University Fund has launched a crowdfunding campaign where you can sponsor the project and contribute to plastic-free oceans.

The project began with an online webinar in which the researchers updated the donors about the development of the project. Questions by the participants were also answered during the webinar.

Source: Utrecht University

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