A probabilistic model for plastic clean-up techs

A probabilistic model for plastic clean-up techs

A probabilistic model for plastic clean-up techs 1000 750 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Co-lead by Flanders Marine Instiute (VLIZ), University of Gent and Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), and funded by the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO, 1S13522N/1S13524N) – Belgium

Plastic pollution is widespread, and its consequences are of concern. As a major source of plastic litter in the ocean is produced inland and transported via inland waterways, various clean-up technologies have been created to remove debris and prevent its flux to the sea. The primary aim of these innovative and important technologies is to collect plastic efficiently. However, some organisms and organic materials might be caught together with the debris. Currently, there is a lack of clear guidelines for these technologies, and an objective tool to quantify and assess the potential bycatch is missing.

To assist policymakers, environmental managers, and companies involved in plastic removal this project develops a tool for clean-up mechanism and location selection based on environmental parameters to efficiently collect plastic with the least unwanted impact on the environment.

End Date: 31/10/2025

Lead Contact: Giulia Leone (giulia.leone@vliz.be)

challenges: Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Understand and beat marine pollution
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Project

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