Scientists turn to drones to cleanup plastic-polluted rivers

published 03.06.2020 17:11


Drones are being used to take photos of the plastic found in the river, giving them a geo-tag to provide scientists with data on plastic hotspots.

The scientists are now turning to technology, specifically drones to help fix the issue and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.

The drones, DJI Phantom 4’s, take thousands of images of the river and identify the plastic pollution floating on the surface.

While the drones are able to detect much of the plastic that floats on the surface, lots of microplastics can’t be spotted from above.

What do you think about the use of drones in the fight against plastic pollution in the world’s oceans?