Microplastics – Ocean Distribution Measured with Spaceborne Bistatic Radar

The abstract of a June 9, 2021 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing paper by researchers with the University of Michigan https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9449485 reports that “… global measurements of microplastic distribution and its temporal variability are lacking. A new method is presented for detecting and imaging the global distribution of ocean microplastics from space. The method uses spaceborne bistatic radar measurements of ocean surface roughness and relies on an assumed reduction in responsiveness to wind-driven roughening caused by surfactants that act as tracers for microplastics near the surface … This new method will provide better monitoring of ocean microplastics and will support future model development and validation …” #Microplastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic @UMengineering

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