The Rómulo project, of the UPCT, is also based on mathematical concepts to find and prepare garbage maps on the seabed; the investigators discarded the Mar Menor for its “low visibility”
Researchers of the group in Ecosystems of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) have demonstrated the effectiveness of a new technology to find and develop maps of garbage in the seabed, based on mathematical formulas and underwater robotics. The Rómulo project, funded by the Biodiversity and Ecoembes Foundation, examines marine currents to detect the accumulation of waste.
“The research has shown the effectiveness of this methodology to detect waste in a useful and effective way, which can serve and apply to other fields of Oceanography and that above all, could help in the future to clean our garbage from garbage,” said Francisco López Castejón, researcher of the project, in a statement issued Thursday by the UPCT.
To verify the existence of garbage and to delimit the coordinates of its location, the researchers use a submarine autonomous vehicle that crosses the depths and recorded the funds without being operated by remote control.
Thanks to the software developer, a map of submerged garbage were made in the Port of Cartagena. “Initially we chose the Mar Menor, but the low visibility of the waters prevented the recording of funds with sufficient quality,” explained López Castejón.
Specifically, in the area of El Espalmador, in a perimeter of 260 meters, they have detected more than 200 objects, among which cans and plastics predominate. “Most of these objects came from the Mediterranean and had been dragged to the port,” said López Castejón.
The researchers have collected on the project website ( ocean.upct.es/romulo ) images and videos of the objects they have detected in the waters of the Port of Cartagena and next to the island Perdiguera, in the Mar Menor.
Source: La Verdad