The DePlaMar Project takes off!
Today S'Agulla's new Projecte DePlaMar (Detection of Plastic at Sea) takes off sponsored by #proyectolibera. Once more, the great question about what is the environmental state of the ocean is approached. This time floating pieces of plastic (larger than 10cm) will be considered as an indicator. However, the sea is very large and humankind is not meant to walk over it. So once more S’Agulla is going to use state-of-the-art technology for such purpose: drones!
We are very happy to introduce you to our latest acquisition, Borinot! It is a MAVIC 2 PRO drone equipped with a Hasselblad camera that can take very high-quality photos and videos.
The objective is to develop a methodology that will allow for the detection of plastic laying on the sea surface over large areas. If results are satisfactory, we hope that it could become a tool for other research teams to evaluate the impact of plastic in the marine environment. DePlaMar will take as study area the Underwater Gradens of La Selva (southern Costa Brava)
But before going out at sea with Borinot, we would like to show you some pieces of plastic that we have found while sailing with Maru. These are the objective of DePlaMar.
Although they are rather large pieces of plastic, they are the origin of part of the microplastics detected at the sea bottom in our previous Project >>
The S'Agulla Team