Published on September 9th, 2015 | by Joshua New0
Tracking The Movement of Ocean Trash
Greg Shirah and Horace Mitchell at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Scientific Visualization Studio, which creates visualizations to improve the research community’s understanding of NASA’s research, have created a series of time lapse visualizations designed to illustrate how garbage flows throughout the oceans. Shirah and Mitchell first mapped location data from floating research buoys that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been releasing and tracking for the past 35 years. Then, by incorporating thousands of simulated particles and a computational model of ocean currents, the visualizations show how ocean trash eventually migrates to five distinct “garbage patches” around the world.