Satellites and AI team up to spot tiny ocean plastics

Prachi Patel Plastics & Pollution

Satellites and AI team up to spot tiny ocean plastics
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Plastic debris floats around in the farthest reaches of the ocean. But finding it for cleanup isn’t easy. Now researchers in the UK have for the first time used satellite data to detect patches of tiny plastic pieces floating in oceans.

 

The method can identify plastics down to 5 millimeters in size, as detailed in their Scientific Reports paper. It can also distinguish between plastics and natural materials.

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