Napier Aquarium - Ocean Detectives - tracking plastics
Do you live in Napier? Visit the National Aquarium Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7.15pm Sustainable Seas in partnership with the National Aquarium and the Royal Society of New Zealand present “Ocean Detectives” a talk by Heni Unwin and Ross Vennell.
Come along to this free Seaweek 2019 talk. See Heni and Ross give a demo of their plastic tracking tool and talk about the ocean modelling data that drives it.
Plastic waste is a global problem and is destroying marine environments. Plastic that is dumped in the sea or ends up in the ocean can accumulate on beaches or be transported many kilometres by ocean currents.
The Sustainable Seas research team is developing a new digital tool to track how ocean currents transport plastics. Using modelling data for Cook Strait and Tasman-Golden Bays, they have produced an interactive tool which allows users to “drop” a piece of virtual plastic into the ocean and watch where the ocean currents take it. This tool could eventually help to manage the impact of plastics in our marine environment. It can also be used as a teaching resource for students studying marine pollution.
There is no need to register, but keep an eye on the National Aquarium website for more details soon
National Aquarium, Napier