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Microplastics, Ocean -- Environmental aspects -- Simulation, Plastic marine debris -- Environmental aspects, Transport theory


Plastic particles contaminating the world’s oceans and accumulating in oceanic gyres has become a ubiquitous problem and the solution involving how to clean up the debris efficiently has still not been found. One particular issue is understanding where the greatest densities of debris may be. It is known that floating trash will tend to accumulate in large circular systems of ocean water called gyres, however these areas span thousands of miles of ocean. The present study aims to understand the transport of anisotropic particles in conditions similar to an oceanic environment using experimental methods in an effort to better predict the regions of ocean in which the highest densities of plastic pollution reside, and to investigate the effect of particle size and shape on such motion.


Presentations associated with the report are available below in the Additional Files.

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reed-symposium.pdf (4285 kB)
2018 Symposium presentation

reed-ignite.pdf (3553 kB)
Ignite presentation