Our research at IMAU has real-world implications. We investigate the fate of ice caps and glaciers. We measure the chemical make-up of our atmosphere. We model how the oceans currents and atmospheric winds change in a changing climate. And my group studies plastic litter.
Plastic litter is one of the most visible of our many environmental problems. Plastic is, perhaps because of its ubiquity on beaches, very much in the public attention. Not a week goes by that I am not approached by a media outlet, a non-governmental organisation, a charity or a government to provide background information about the fate and impact of plastic in our oceans.