Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic

@inproceedings{Lebreton2018EvidenceTT,
  title={Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic},
  author={Laurent C. M. Lebreton and Boyan Slat and Francesco F. Ferrari and B Sainte-Rose and Jen Aitken and Robert Marthouse and Sara Hajbane and Serena Cunsolo and Anna Schwarz and Aurore Levivier and Kimberly Noble and P Debeljak and Hakan Maral and Rosanna I. Schoeneich-Argent and Roberto Brambini and Julia Reisser},
  booktitle={Scientific Reports},
  year={2018}
}
Ocean plastic can persist in sea surface waters, eventually accumulating in remote areas of the world’s oceans. Here we characterise and quantify a major ocean plastic accumulation zone formed in subtropical waters between California and Hawaii: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). Our model, calibrated with data from multi-vessel and aircraft surveys, predicted at least 79 (45–129) thousand tonnes of ocean plastic are floating inside an area of 1.6 million km2; a figure four to sixteen… CONTINUE READING

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