In August 2009 a group of doctoral students and volunteers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will embark on an expedition aboard the Scripps research vessel New Horizon to explore the problem of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre. The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) is the first of its kind and will focus on a suite of critical questions. How much plastic is accumulating, how is it distributed, and how is it affecting ocean life?
We’ll be blogging at least once a day from the middle of the Pacific. We want to give you an idea of what’s really going on in the North Pacific Gyre, how we’re measuring it, and what life aboard ship is like. Stay tuned for more as we prepared for our August 2 departure!