What does Research Data Management mean in everyday practice? In this series of interviews by RDM Support, researchers share their experiences on various aspects of research data management. In this interview: Erik van Sebille, expert in the field of plastic soup and ocean currents and winner of the UU Public Prize 2018, speaks about making a community code.
"250 million kilos of plastic floats on the surface of the ocean but every year twenty times as much plastic is dumped into the ocean. Therefore, the majority of plastic in the ocean is not on the ocean surface. Since this plastic has yet to be found, it has been aptly called "dark plastic". To solve the sea plastic problem it is crucial to locate all the plastic in the sea. That is why, within the TOPIOS research project, we are working on a three-dimensional map that would show where the plastic is in the ocean. This map runs on the OceanParcels software, which we have developed ourselves, and keeps getting better thanks to help from the scientific community.”