The SIRIMAP project aims to develop new remote and proximity detection systems to monitor marine pollution due to macro, meso and microplastics, methodologies for their in-situ and at lab scale analyses, mand appropriate strategies for recovery and recycling.

The objectives of SIRIMAP are particularly relevant for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea, recently identified as a great accumulation region of plastic debris. In this scenario, SIRIMAP represents a strategic proposal for the “Blue Growth” topic, in agreement with international, European and national guidelines.

The objectives of the project are: development of satellite data analysis methodologies and strategies for remote mapping of macroplastics, development of detection platform (drone) for proximity mapping of meso/microplastics; sampling and in-situ analyses, characterization of meso-microplastics and recovery/recycling strategy assessment; experimental development and demonstrators.

The expected results are the development, design and implementation of: new algorithms for detecting plastics using satellite data; a new flying configuration with detachable and recoverable payload, a new hyperspectral analysis for mapping by drone; innovative methodologies for in situ analysis through a microfluidic system and an innovative microplastic analysis system. The obtained results will allow the realization of high-level demonstrators such as: a mock at real-scale with payload, a compact opto/mechanical system for in-situ analysis, innovative plant solutions for waste separation; prototyping of composites.

In any activities partners with specialist skills are involved: remote mapping (DAC-Uniparthenope, DAC-MAPSAT), proximity mapping (DAC-OMI, DAC-ISASI, DAC-ICAR, DAC-IAMC), in-situ analysis (DAC-ISASI, DAC-IAMC), lab-scale analysis (DAC-ISASI, DAC-IPCB, UNIBS, UNIMOL), recovery/recycling (DAC-IAMC, IREOS, UNIBS, DAC-IPCB), demonstretors (DAC-OMI, DAC-ISASI, IREOS, DAC-IPCB), verification activity (DAC). The participation of qualified research centers will ensure a great economic and employment impact for SMEs, particularly for convergence and transition regions.