Researchers in Florida have found a new method to predict where ocean trash, seaweed and even wrecked ships and planes will drift. The method is expected to assist in helping to clean up the trash that is plaguing the oceans right now.
A team from the University of Miami utilized buoys to test new mathematical models for predicting how wind, current and buoyancy impact the speed and direction of objects in the sea.
The results of tests showed buoys moved almost exactly as predicted once out in the open sea.
The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is very real and will continue to grow at an exponential rate. In a new titled Foresight Future of the Sea by the UK Government Office for Science, researchers discovered that the amount of plastic in the ocean could triple by the year 2025.
Currently, there is already over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s ocean and with the current amount expected to triple in such a short time, we need to address the reality of what we have created.
The report warns that the current health of the oceans could have some cruel implications for biodiversity, noting that there is already a 49% decline in marine vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012.
Governments have started to implement bans on plastic items but not yet on a scale that we need. One of the authors’ primary recommendations is to reduce plastic pollution in the sea through the development of new biodegradable plastics and public awareness campaigns. The authors note that that the UK and the world need to seriously reassess the way it manages the ocean.
Recent reports have started to identify just how troubling plastic pollution has become. Last week, a separate report found that 93 percent of major brand bottled water contained microplastics inside of the bottled water.