Our projects


The Global Litter Observatory (GLO) is sponsored by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. It meets the need of harmonizing and compiling the information generated by the numerous initiatives to characterize macro-litter over the world. GLO relies (i) on citizenship as a major global force for litter monitoring, and (ii) on the adoption of the mass-based metric to allow comparability among datasets, an important weakness in the current evaluation systems. The possibility of implementing such mass-based measuring tool in mobile phones will give wide room for a more effective citizen participation in global monitoring as well as ease the flow and analysis of information through digital data sharing.


Inputs, Distribution and Storage of plastic debris in the Mediterranean Sea.

It is known that plastic debris spreads over the surface of all the oceans, the beaches around the world, and on the ocean floor from the tropics to the poles. However, we do not know how plastic debris circulates and is accumulated in seas and oceans...


Historical and future trends of plastic pollution in the global ocean.

It seems that the efforts to combat marine plastic pollution have been unsuccessful, and the progressive increase in global plastic production suggests that it is a difficult problem that will have large-scale consequences...


Using remote sensors to monitor marine litter is a great challenge, especially if we want to utilize use public satellites with free access. However, this possibility would be a revolution for the study and monitoring of marine litter...


Plastics in the Andalusian Coast PLAn is a project led by the U. of Cadiz to study the origin, distribution, and environmental & social impacts of marine litter


Assessing riverine litter input variability to the marine environment at large scale through field data collection: progress in marine litter pollution science beyond the state-of-the-art.


Distribution, pathways and sinks of marine litter: the global dimensions of plastic pollution