The real Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Photo by Miriam Goldstein, 2010 EX1006 cruise. O thin men of Haddam, Why do you imagine golden birds? Do you not see how the blackbird Walks around the feet Of the women about you? – “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, Wallace Stevens ————- I would like to . . . → Read More: Three Ways of Looking at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
My marine debris buddy Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy pointed me to this beautiful animated model by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of the University of Hawaii. This animation shows how wind affects the rate at which debris from the Japanese tsunami moves across the Pacific. It is a mathematical model that incorporates a great . . . → Read More: How wind-blown Japanese tsunami debris may move across the Pacific
You might have seen the headlines last week: Big rise in North Pacific plastic waste, Plastic in ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ increases 100-fold, Ocean Trash is a Lifesaver for Insects, and so forth. These were based on a paper that I wrote with two co-authors, which came out in Biology Letters last week. Because . . . → Read More: Pacific plastic, sea skaters, and the media: behind the scenes of my recent paper
Estimation of debris path created with OSCURS model. The colors are years after the tsunami. Click through for more information. Map courtesy of J. Churnside (NOAA OAR) and created through Google. Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed towards Hawaii and the North American west coast. For those concerned, several new sources of information . . . → Read More: Japanese tsunami debris link roundup
This striking image of plastic pollution in the Philippines won first prize in the Ocean In Focus Conservation Photo Contest. First Prize goes to Peri Paleracio of Quezon City, the Philippines, for his picture of a boat in the Philippines with plastic and trash pollution suspended in the water. This over-under shot illustrates the . . . → Read More: Striking image of plastic pollution in Philippines
About six months ago, University of Hawaii scientists Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner mapped the likely route of debris dumped into the ocean by the March 11 Japanese tsunami. Just last week, a Russian sail training vessel used their maps to find the debris field. Since the North Pacific is really, really big – over . . . → Read More: How scientists found debris from the Japanese tsunami 700 miles off Midway
Poster by Max Temkin, via Grist.
I have a new post up at the SEAPLEX blog (where I put all my marine debris stuff). A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to Hawaii for the 5th International Conference on Marine Debris. (You can see my tweets at @seaplexscience, or the conference hashtag #5imdc.) This was my third . . . → Read More: Plastic pollution on Hawaii’s famed green sand beach
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch made news this week, based on statements from Oregon State University professor Dr. Angelique White. As you may know, this is my research area, so I explained what’s going on over at the SEAPLEX blog. Ever since SEAPLEX was funded around two years ago, I have begun every one of . . . → Read More: Does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch exist?
This is me using a hand-held inclinometer to estimate the wire angle as the manta net is being towed. I was interviewed by the NOAA Marine Debris blog! It’s about my work this October on a NOAA cruise through the eastern part of the North Pacific Central Gyre. What goes into deploying your equipment on . . . → Read More: Interview on the NOAA Marine Debris Blog