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Using Technology to Track Marine Debris
Rio de Janeiro's government has turned to a high-technology Dutch institute to help it try to better collect floating garbage in Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympic Games, as officials face severe criticism over the polluted waters.

While officials hope the effort will help them avoid embarrassing incidents during the games, like boats crashing into floating trash, it does not combat the more pressing problem of extreme sewage pollution in the waters.

The Dutch researchers created a system that compiles weather and water-condition data and possibly real-time footage from cameras to forecast where litter accumulates and travels within the bay. It was developed by a Deltares, a water research foundation based in Delft that is funded by the Dutch government.

The forecasting will provide information for the garbage collection boats to retrieve the floating trash so athletes don’t bump into it.


 
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