ocean pollution

Satellite image of an algae bloom off the coast of New York and New Jersey, August 3, 2015.

Geography of Sewage Contamination in the Ocean

Elizabeth Borneman

80% of the sewage produced by the global population makes its way into the world’s oceans untreated.

Various types and sizes of plastics collected from the Kinnickinnic River, Milwaukee, WI. Photo: S. Mason, State University of New York at Fredonia. Public domain. Source: USGS.

Stokes Drift Is Pushing Microplastics Towards the Arctic

Caitlin Dempsey

A recent publication in JGR Oceans took a look at how the physical processes of oceans affect the distribution of micro plastics around the world.

Brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis). Photo: Jan Derk, 2005. CC BY 2.0

What a Study of a 130-year-old Brain Coral Means for Open Ocean Health

Olivia Harne

A team of researchers at Princeton University were able to measure the nitrogen in the coral skeleton to analyze nitrogen pollution, and found it on a far lower level than what had been previously estimated.

Monitoring and Mapping Microplastics in Marine Ecosystems

Claudia Windeck

Advancements in satellite remote sensing techniques are paving the way toward the development of high resolution and temporal maps of marine microplastic distribution.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Much Larger Than Previously Thought

Caitlin Dempsey

Researchers using surface trawl samples and aerial imagery surveys have calculated the amount of plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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