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In addition, the project will extract data from the scientific & grey literature on the distribution of litter in the Norwegian and Russian Arctic, identify ongoing activities on this topic to build up a joint Norwegian-Russian database.  Multidisciplinary mapping will be performed using robotics, digital solutions and GIS to help develop a predictive tool for litter distribution using high resolution ocean model. The findings of the project will be disseminated to the student, public, civil industry, and policy makers in respective countries and globally.

Akvaplan-niva is managing the project through Lionel Camus with Alexei Bambulyak as the Russian coordinator, Trude Borch is the communications officer. Other Norwegian project partners are SALT Lofoten, Maritime Robotics, UNIS, NILU, GRID-Arendal, the Meteorologic Institute, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and TerraNor.  The Russian partners are MMBI KSC RAS, the State Oceanographic Institute, the Association Marine Heritage and the WWF Barents Sea Office.

The project is funded until the end of 2020 through the Research Council of Norways, NORRUSS Pluss program.