A Modern Kind of Odyssey: the First ever Global Assessment of Plastic Pollution in Oceans using Drones


The Race for Water Odyssey has so far mapped and collected data from Grape Bay in Bermuda, Porto Pim, Conceição, and Praia do Almoxarife, The Azores, and most recently Anakena, Ovalie and Tongariki on Easter Island, as well as several beaches on Hawaii and Guam (USA), using the senseFly eBee drone. Now find out what happens to the data after it has been collected.

Our world is changing drastically and conserving the environment we love for future generations is now a major priority. If we can establish a benchmark of what the world and its oceans look like at different points in time, we can begin to understand why and how changes are taking place.

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Tracking such changes, particularly in geographically challenging areas, such as remote beaches and oceans, has traditionally been a very difficult and even at times a dangerous process. However, now with drones being able to collect aerial images and map inaccessible areas, the data and findings are as powerful as ever allowing us to make real changes.

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The eBee aerial drone from Swiss drone company senseFly, producers of aerial imaging drones for professional applications, has been used to create and capture high-definition mapping of the beaches in the study. By using the innovative drones, researchers have been able to compare the obtained results with the research on the ground. The low-flying eBee has been and will continue to be used during the expedition for two purposes: allowing Duke University and Oregon State University to analyse the macro-trash that is present on the shores.

Carefully analysed and studied data

By launching an automated aerial imaging drone into the sky scientists are able to collect the aerial, geo-accurate images —> Read More