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Ocean Modeling

Plastics Adrift

Simulated models of how plastics are transported in the global ocean show that most plastics concentrate in the middle of subtropical gyres (left). However, large-scale ocean circulation systems such as the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Current, and the Norwegian Current are carrying the litter all the way up to the Arctic (right). WHOI scientists have launched a long-term, interdisciplinary research initiative  to better understand where microplastics—plastic fragments smaller than five millimeters—end up in the global ocean. Illustration by Sam Levang, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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From Oceanus Magazine

Corralling the Wild and Wooly Southern Ocean

Matt Mazloff fishes out a postcard. It’s a simulated aerial view of the bottom of the world, with Antarctica in the middle and the tips of South America, Australia, and a smidgen of Africa peeking in from the corners. But it’s not the land that Mazloff is interested in. It’s the huge expanse of water…

The Ocean—Captured in a Box

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