Plastics in the ocean

Ilka Peeken speaking on Anthropogenic microplastic footprints in Arctic sea ice. Photo: Jonas Carlsen

We are two students currently doing our final masters thesis in design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

We spent our Wednesday watching highly interesting talks revolving the large topic of oceanic plastic pollution.

We learned that microplastic particles can be transported through the atmosphere, stored in the arctic ice, and be deposited in the ocean where the ice melts.  These particles are found inside many oceanic animals. And some, like the krill, show signs of processing the particle size down even further. Eventually, a lot of the microplastic particles are sinking and accumulating in the seabed. We don’t yet know the reach, and potentially devastating impacts this may have on our ecology and biology.

As the nature of complexity demands different approaches, methods, and tools. There also seemed to be a consensus on developing a common practice of data collection. Studies are at this point fairly isolated, and difficult to compare.

Wouter Jan Strietmans the Sherlock Holmes of analyzing trash. Photo Gard Hagen

As designers, we were in awe with Wouter Jan Strietmans  Sherlock Holmes-approach of analyzing trash and where it came from. His multidisciplinary team of experts could give fairly certain conclusions on how it was “lost”, how old it was, and where it came from.

What made the conference so special for us was the variety of presentations and presenters. From deep technical data analysis to vivid anthropological fieldwork on the importance of public impressions.

It has brought to us a highly valuable knowledge base for work​​​​​ing further on our master thesis, trying to fix some of the issues regarding derelict fishing gear.

By Jonas Carlsen & Gard Hagen, both Masters, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway





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