Scientific Publications

At The Ocean Cleanup we face the unique challenge that we don’t only have to develop technology to solve a problem, but at the same time also have to work on understanding the problem itself. Understanding the properties of ocean plastic pollution is critical in developing efficient cleanup systems, determining optimal deployment locations and creating suitable recycling processes. Collaborations between our in-house research team and various scientific institutions have so far resulted in the following publications:

River Plastic Emissions to the World's Oceans

Article in peer reviewed journal
June 2017, Nature Communications

Authors: Laurent C. M. Lebreton, Joost van der Zwet, Jan-Willem Damsteeg,
Boyan Slat, Anthony Andrady, Julia Reisser

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Using Numerical Model Simulations to Improve the Understanding of Micro-plastic Distribution and Pathways in the Marine Environment

Article in peer reviewed journal
January 2017, Frontiers Marine Sciences

Authors: Britta D. Hardesty, Joseph Harari, Atsuhiko Isobe, Laurent Lebreton, Nikolai Maximenko, James T. Potemra, Erik van Sebille, Dick Vethaak & Chris Wilcox

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Extracting DNA from Ocean Microplastics: A Method Comparison Study

Article in peer reviewed journal
November 2016, Analytical Methods 9

Authors: Pavla Debeljak, Maria Pinto, Maira Proietti, Julia Reisser, Francesco F. Ferrari, Ben Abbas, Mark C. M. van Loosdrecht, Boyan Slat & Gerhard J. Herndl

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The Effect of Particle Properties on the Depth Profile of Buoyant Plastics in the Ocean

Article in peer reviewed journal
October 2016, Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 33882

Authors: Merel Kooi, Julia Reisser, Boyan Slat, Francesco F. Ferrari, Moritz S. Schmid, Serena Cunsolo, Roberto Brambini, Kimberly Noble, Lys-Anne Sirks, Theo E. W. Linders, Rosanna I. Schoeneich-Argent & Albert A. Koelmans

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The Vertical Distribution of Buoyant Plastics at Sea

Article in peer reviewed journal
February 2015, Biogeosciences 12

Authors: Julia Reisser, Boyan Slat, Kim Noble, K. du Plessis, Meredith Epp, Maira Proietti, Jan de Sonneville, Thomas Becker & Charitha Pattiaratchi

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Hydrodynamics and Capture Efficiency of Plastic Cleanup Booms: Part I, Experiments and Dynamic Analysis

Conference with peer reviewed proceedings
February 2017, ASME International Conference on Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engineering

Authors: Roberto Brambini, Benedicte Dommergues, Hannah Maral & Bruno Sainte-Rose

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Hydrodynamics and Capture Efficiency of Plastic Cleanup Booms: Part II, 2D Vertical Capture Efficiency and CFD Validation

Conference with peer reviewed proceedings
February 2017, ASME International Conference on Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engineering

Authors: Benedicte Dommergues, Roberto Brambini, Rene Mettler, Zaki Abiza & Bruno Sainte-Rose

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Multi-scale Numerical Analysis of the Field Efficiency of an Ocean Plastic Cleanup Array

Conference with peer reviewed proceedings
June 2016, ASME International Conference on Offshore Mechanics & Arctic Engineering

Authors: Bruno Sainte-Rose, Laurent Lebreton, Joao Lima Rego, Frank Kleissen & Julia Reisser

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Modelling Floating Plastic Origin, Transport and Accumulation in the World’s Ocean

Conference presentation
March 2017, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Authors: Laurent C. M. Lebreton, Julia Reisser & Bruno Sainte-Rose

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Challenges in Modelling Detailed Surface Circulation on the Korea / Tsushima Strait

Conference presentation
February 2016, Ocean Sciences Meeting

Authors: Joao Lima Rego, Firmin Zijl, Bruno Sainte-Rose, Frank Kleissen & Wouter Kranenbourg

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How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves: A Feasibility Study

Independently published book
June 2014, The Ocean Cleanup

Authors: Boyan Slat et al.

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