Following the Flow of Pollutants


Gear up to explore oceanic science with the popular UCTV series, Perspectives on Ocean Science. Hosted by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, this educational series is led by world-renowned researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Each week offers an exciting new episode that undertakes a unique journey into the depth of the oceans, across continents, or into the atmosphere.

In coastal regions with frequent sewage spills, the resulting beach shutdowns can cause severe economic setbacks to the local communities. Professor Falk Feddersen, Physical Oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has dedicated his work to understanding the passage of pollutants through the ocean once it has passed the “surf-zone” beside the shore.

Following the FlowIn the latest episode in the series, Following the Flow of Pollutants: Transport and Mixing in the Surf ZoneProfessor Feddersen goes into depth on how the combination of coastal zone dye release experiments and oceanographic models can help explain how sewage is being transported and diluted into the ocean.



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