Researchers develop new virtual tool to track marine litter: Here’s all you need to know

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In a bid to tackle marine litter and clean up the world’s oceans, Florida State University researchers have developed a new virtual tool to track this debris.

The tracking tool uses worldwide mismanaged plastic waste statistics as input data for its model. The model uses data about not only ocean but also air currents to track marine debris starting from 2010.

“Marine litter is found around the world, and we do not fully understand its impact on the ocean ecosystem or human health,” said Eric Chassignet, director of the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies and professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science.

“That’s why it’s important to learn more about this problem and develop effective ways to mitigate it,” Chassignet added.

It must be mentioned here that plastic waste – one of the biggest threats to the world’s oceans – damages marine ecosystems, endangers wildlife and causes adverse impacts to human health as well.