Technologies for Observing and Monitoring Plastics in the Oceans

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Plastics in the oceans pose a mounting existential threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of plastics into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

Collecting ocean-atmosphere data (including microplastics) from Racing Yachts: Background and latest results

Martin Kramp



Around the world races regularly lead in data sparse ocean areas such as the Southern Ocean, and with innovative instrumentation packages and growing support from the sailing community over the last ten years scientific projects have gone from simple deployments of autonomous instruments (e.g. Argo floats) to more ambitious measurements with rather basic underway equipment for parameters such as air or sea temperature, and eventually very complex measuring devices for salinity, pCO2 and now even microplastics. Beyond the collection of valuable data, these projects also allow for different ways of funding and communication.

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