Using AI and GoPros to monitor plastic waste in our oceans

The Ocean Cleanup
(Image credit: The Ocean Cleanup)

Every year millions of tons of plastic end up in our oceans massively impacting marine life. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest issues our planet faces today but now researchers have found a way we might be able to use GoPros and artificial intelligence (AI) to fight against it. 

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing plastic waste in our oceans. Usually, plastic densities in the ocean are monitored using methods such as trawls, which are labor-intensive, or airplanes which are very costly. Recently, The Ocean Cleanup research team has been testing ways in which new AI technology and GoPros can help monitor and detect plastic debris. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.