Preventing litter of entering our environment is of key importance by reducing, reusing and recycling of waste. Litter might be found much later after littering took place in the marine environment. It is important to understand impacts, sources and reasons for littering to guide actions in prevention. Taking samples and to monitor the environment is therefore an important part to reduce marine litter. But taking off-shore samples is costly.
Improved remote monitoring processes can help to improve to observe the environmental status of our seas and can perhaps help reducing litter pollution in the marine environment one day,
Project Floating Horizon contributes by researching robotic solutions to allow particle sample taking at a much lower cost e.g. remotely to improve monitoring processes of the environmental status of our seas. In addition it still has one eye on the question if and how litter could be recovered out of hot spot areas in the sea in a clever way and in particular without harming life.
Floating Horizon has started its journey by building a concept which evaluated how complex and costly the recovery of the north pacific garbage patch could be. Like the question if and how flying to Mars could be possible it helped to understand that a good balanced process can lower the costs dramatically and that it might be possible, if... , It reassured open questions e.g. how to secure that life will be protected but also created new questions energy management, mechanical issues.
Based on that and based on the very welcome open discussion with various stakeholders I have re-focused the efforts as a remote vessel can deliver more and better data by water particle sampling than research expedition can do today.
On the other I use this website to gather relevant material around the topic of technology, marine litter, sources, amounts etc. to provide every visitor relevant material to start you own journey and to save your time in searching information.
I also would like to invite you: This project is an open project. If you like to contribute with time and your brain you are very welcome.
I do not know THE SOLUTION. But lets go on a journey and be valuable.