- Technology & Innovation
Observing marine plastic litter from space, a supporting model
Remote sensing technology is now being used to the amount and types of plastic ocean debris on the surface.
Authors -Lonneke Goddijn-Murphy
There is growing global concern over the plastics pollution of our oceans and the many unanswered questions about its sources, sinks, pathways and impacts. Remote sensing (RS), the science of obtaining information about objects or areas from a distance using sensors mounted on platforms, ships, airplanes and satellites, has the potential to provide long-term, global monitoring but for marine plastics it is still early stages. We investigated how natural daylight interacts with common plastic litter items floating on top of the water surface.