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How will your research impact the science community?

Posted on November 06 2012

Question submitted by Bainbridge High School

The impact that the research from this cruise will have on the science community depends on the results that come out of it.  Considering anyone interested in science, including in that science community the students and the general public following our website, we are able to communicate what we are experiencing to an audience unable to see it firsthand for themselves.  

Our research will add to the plastic concentration data already collected at different times and in different places in the North Pacific.  It will help us better understand the distribution of plastics in the ocean, and also address how plastic is affecting the ecology of the ocean.  When completed, this research will be published in research articles that will be available to any interested person in the science community.