Waste and Marine Litter
Waste and litter are a significant issue, impacting ecosystems, economies and societies.
A set of objectives and a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale were used to benchmark the technologies and revealed that the most suitable system is often very scenario-specific and, therefore, demands investments in more than one specific group of technologies. A decision tool was established to determine the most suitable technique for a range of different situations. This review indicates that most of these technologies are currently at low-middle TRLs, requiring several more development, testing and commercialization steps before they can be applied effectively in marine field conditions. However, these technologies, alone or in combination, have the potential to contribute to the establishment of more robust global environmental indicators and monitoring programs for plastic pollution.
Type: Staff Publications
Author: Matthias Sandra, Lisa I. Devriese, Andy M. Booth, Bavo De Witte, Gert Everaert, Jesus Gago, Francois Galgani, Kobus Langedock, Amy Lusher, Thomas Maes, Hans Pirlet, Josie Russell, Christopher K. Pham
Year of publication: 2023
Publisher: Journal of Ocean Engineering and Science