Australian PhD Student Maps Floating Plastics in Effort to Save Sea Turtles

Maps, like the ones that GbBIS creates, can serve many purposes.  Julia Reisser, a PhD student at The University of Western Australia, is creating the first map to show the distribution of floating marine plastics in Australian waters, and models that chart the likely pathways of these plastics and sea turtle hatchlings.  Maps like Julia’s may be able to aid researchers in helping the environment. 



 “The early life of sea turtles occurs at the ocean’s surface, where there’s an increasing amount of floating plastics that are proving fatal to hatchlings,” PhD student Julia Reisser said.  Reisser, who is also a CSIRO researcher, has been studying sea turtles for nine years and, in 2010, broadened her research to include marine plastics.  Her work for the last few years has been to identify the places contributing to most of the aquatic, plastic pollution inAustralia’s oceans.  She has been trying to find how these plastics affect the life-cycle of sea turtles in the area.  “We’re quantifying plastic pollution hazards and its distribution throughoutAustralia’s oceans,” says Reisser, whose research contributes to a national marine debris audit that is being undertaken by CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.


The research is been undertaken onboard the Marine National Facility vessel Southern Surveyor, which is owned and operated by CSIRO, and available to all Australian scientists.  Securing research time on board is highly competitive and allocated to quality science projects that are internationally peer reviewed and in the national interest.  Once major voyages are allocated, the transit time between these is offered to early career researchers and students under the ‘Next Wave’ program.  Reisser regards this as an “incredible experience,” and hopes that the mapping of plastic debris will help save many sea turtles that are killed as a result of human pollution.

Using mapping data, modern research facilities and deep-water research technology, Julia Reisser hopes to make a positive impact onAustralia’s aquatic ecosystems.  While her’s is an ambitious project, it is also a challenging one.  With GbBIS’s accurate location plotting and GeoCoding process, Reisser’s work would be greatly simplified.  GbBIS can mark any geographic location on a map.  Individuals and businesses benefit from a visually intuitive method for viewing any areas of importance: store locations, competitor locations, distributers, suppliers, and much more.  Our accurate GeoCoding process can help both businesses and researches like Julia Reisser.  We can convert a list of street addresses, such as a consumer mailing list, or a list of latitudes and longitudes into location points on a map.  GbBIS’s process takes your complex data and simplifies it by representing it visually on a map.

Contact GbBIS today and discover how GeoCoding and location plotting can simplify your business’s complex data.


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