February 20, 2018 – Plastics continues to accumulate in the ocean and currents carry this waste to remote beaches of the artic. Logistically, cleanup of this trash proves difficult and pinpointing areas that accumulate the most amount of plastic is needed for further waste disposal.

Accurate data can make it possible to identify where these ocean currents are taking these plastics wastes from and where the spots are higher, so as to help with additional research effort.

Due to this problem, a non-governmental organization AEMALIRE decided to work on a cleanup database setup solution to get marine litter under control in particular in the Arctic region. They utilize standard drone photography on algorithms to identify sources of the trash. This allows additional cleanup clues for research organizations to identify high priority areas to focus on.

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In the last ten years, there has been an increase of 50 percent plastic waste on the seabed between Greenland and Svalbard. Much of this trash is shipped with the ocean currents and ends up on the beaches around Svalbard. Due to logistical reasons, it is often difficult to identify which areas of the beaches are the most accumulation of garbage, which is important for planning garbage disposal and research on ocean currents. This project has two objectives. When using drone photography, we shall (i) identify which areas require the highest priority for waste disposal and (ii) investigate the impact of ocean currents on waste accumulation. The photography will take place during five weeks of summer 2018 and follow standard procedures developed by the international network ‘Dronet’. Garbage is automatically identified using algorithms. The project will have a big impact both locally and internationally – locally, the project will help identify priority areas for the Governor and other waste disposal companies, such as Active in Outdoor Trash. Drone photography will have a great impact internationally by publishing the drones from the project on the global databases PlasticTide and LitterBase. The photographs will be available to anyone researching marine trash and can contribute to increased information about the influx of marine trash to Svalbard.


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Company Name: AEMALIRE
Contact Person: Kai Müller
Country: United States