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Science Results : Daily Update
Daily Update | Current SEA Research
In order to measure the concentration and extent of plastic debris in the ocean, as well as to understand the effects of plastics on the marine ecosystem, Plastics at SEA: North Atlantic Expedition crew will have to measure a number of environmental variables. As many as 12 times each day, crew members will tow a plankton net at the sea surface to collect plastic pieces as well as the microscopic organisms the net was designed to capture.
In addition, crew will continuously measure ocean surface temperature and salinity, wind speed and direction, air temperature and relative humidity, solar and infrared energy, and a suite of other parameters that describe the biological, chemical, and physical state of the ocean surface. Here you will find a daily description of the latest scientific results, including a graphic showing where we find the most plastic as we travel southeast of Bermuda.