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Jennifer Gabrys

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693122

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693122.001.0001

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Sensing Oceans and Geo-Speculating with a Garbage Patch

Sensing Oceans and Geo-Speculating with a Garbage Patch

(p.137) 5 Sensing Oceans and Geo-Speculating with a Garbage Patch
Program Earth

Jennifer Gabrys

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter five shifts from carbon sensing to garbage sensing, more specifically in the form of plastic debris in the oceans in the form of “garbage patches.” In this chapter, the author looks at the different ways that forms of marine debris that are relatively amorphous and invisible are brought to sense (or not), across Google Earth platforms, iPhone apps, and drifting ocean sensor floats.

Keywords:   garbage sensing, marine debris, oceanic garbage patch, Google Earth, iPhone app, drifting ocean sensor floats

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