Van Sebille and his colleagues will create state-of-the-art hydrodynamic ocean models able to track the movement of plastic through the ocean. The resulting modelling framework will make it possible to simulate the various ways in which plastic is transported around the ocean, whether through fragmentation, sinking, beaching, ocean currents, wave-mixing or ingestion by living organisms. It will also enable to assess where the risk of plastic to marine life is the greatest.
Coordination : Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands, Netherlands
Funding scheme : ERC-2016-STG, STG