Using drones to tackle ocean plastic pollution

Scientists are increasingly dependent on drone technology to protect some of the most fragile underwater ecosystems Scientists are increasingly dependent on drone technology to protect some of the most fragile underwater ecosystems

British Science Week will this year focus on the ocean and the significance of science and technology in combating harmful levels of plastic in our seas.

One focus will be the use of drones which are already at the forefront of environmental protection measures.

“Eventually we will be able to do much more than just survey our oceans but develop large scale, autonomous ocean cleaning vessels to combat the plastic menace,” said Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group.

Tackling plastic

According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, by 2050 the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.

But it’s only in the last few years governments and corporations have started to come together to ramp up their efforts and face the problem head on.

Mr Garbett said that drones are very much on the front line of this war against plastic, with scientists increasingly dependent on this technology to protect some of the most fragile underwater ecosystems.

In particular, the flexibility and utility of the technology will transform the data collection process, providing scientists with a new means to accurately map and survey those areas most under threat from plastic contamination.

“Guided by satellites, it is likely that we will be able to accurately map the level of plastics in our oceans across the world, directing the autonomous vessels to the heart of the problem,” Mr Gabrbett added.

The Drone Major Group platform draws together 80% of the global drone industry, connecting professionals with manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers across the industry.

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By Anne-Marie Causer

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