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Aerial Marine Litter Research
worldwide database to find the source of marine litter
Aerial Photography to identify the type of litter
Hyprid UAV for longer time of operation
First Hybrid Drone in the Arctic

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First Hybrid UAV in the Arctic we power the UAV with Solar

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In the last ten years there has been an increase of 50 percent plastic waste on the seabed between Greenland and Svalbard. Much of this trash is shipped with the ocean currents and ends up on the beaches around Svalbard. Due to logistical reasons, it is often difficult to identify which areas of the beaches are the most accumulation of garbage, which is important for planning garbage disposal and research on ocean currents. This project has two objectives. When using drone photography, we shall (i) identify which areas require the highest priority for waste disposal and (ii) investigate the impact of ocean currents on waste accumulation. The photography will take place during five weeks of summer 2018 and follow standard procedures developed by the international network ‘Dronet’. Garbage is automatically identified using algorithms. The project will have a big impact both locally and internationally – locally, the project will help identify priority areas for the Governor and other waste disposal companies, such as Active in Outdoor Trash. Drone photography will have a great impact internationally by publishing the drones from the project on the global databases PlasticTide and LitterBase. The photographs will be available to anyone researching marine trash and can contribute to increased information about the influx of marine trash to Svalbard.