A voyage round the world
Explore our route
Explore where we conducted scientific research to help fight plastic pollution during eXXpedition Round the World through this interactive map.
Zoom out to see our entire itinerary.
Zoom in to see ocean depth and satellite imagery of our stops along the way.
Turn on data layers for wind, currents, ocean plastic accumulation and eXXpedition science samples using the icons on the left.
Click the ✥ to enter fullscreen for a more immersive view.
Learn more about all of our data layers below.
About our Data
Instructions and Credits
Wind: Zoom in to see an animation of wind speeds and direction as small moving grey dots. Source: AstroSat WindGL
Currents: At a global scale, see a coloured visualization of surface ocean currents – the closer to red the stronger the currents. As you zoom in, this layer changes to coloured arrows that show the direction of the current. Source: Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and Mercator Ocean
Plastics accumulation: This layer visualises the estimated concentration of floating plastic debris in the world’s oceans. The densities are computed with a numerical model calibrated against field data collected from the five main Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. The weight density estimates are presented as a dot density map where one dot represents 20 kg of floating plastic. The estimated global mass of marine debris is plotted using more than 13 million dots. Source: Lebreton et. al 2014 and Dumpark
Samples collected by eXXpedition: This layer plots the coordinates of the different samples collected by the eXXpedition crew from the surface, water column and sediment layers of the ocean. Pink dots represent samples collected using a manta trawl and white circles represent samples collected by a sediment grab. The size of the circle represents the quantity of plastics found in that sample. To find out more about our methodology, visit our science page.
Voyage Leg Information: Click on the dots along our journey to find out more information about our planned arrival and departure dates.
Satellite imagery: At the planned stops on the route, zoom in to see satellite imagery. Source: Digital Globe and Mapbox.
Bathymetry: The different shades of blue in the ocean represent the ocean depth, or bathymetry. Data have been generalized to improve legibility and for depths shallower than 200 meters, the data is buffered slightly around coastlines to avoid overlaps. Source: Natural Earth
Thank you to our partners at Mapbox and ZeroSixZero for creating this map.
Find out more about the process of building this tool via the Mapbox blog.