Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer
How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

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“Ebbesmeyer’s goal is noble and fresh: to show how the flow of ocean debris around the world reveals ‘the music’ of the world’s oceans.”

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Through the fascinating stories of flotsam, one of the Earth’s greatest secrets is revealed. In Flotsametrics and the Floating World, maverick scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer details how his obsession with floating garbage—from rubber ducks to discarded Nike sneakers—helped to revolutionize ocean science. Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, host of CBC TV’s “The Nature of Things,” calls Flotsametrics and the Floating World  “Science and storytelling at its very best.” “A very enjoyable, if at times dark, book” (Nature), it is must reading for anyone interested in Oceanography, Environmental Science, and the way our world works.

 

About Curtis Ebbesmeyer

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Curtis Ebbesmeyer holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington. Media worldwide have turned to his expertise on ocean currents and floating objects. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
Published March 11, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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With the help of a surprisingly large and cooperative fraternity of beachcombers, Ebbesmeyer tracked the progress of the shoes up and down the coast and as far as Hawaii, producing a groundbreaking study of ocean currents.

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This duality sums up the choppy but often surprising swirl Curtis Ebbesmeyer pulls together in “Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession With Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science,” written with the journalist Eric Scigliano.

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Flotsametrics and the Floating World by Curtis Ebbesmeyer & Eric Scigliano Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The book is as much genia...

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Oregon Live

"Though (Ebbesmeyer) would blush at such terms," Scigliano writes in his forward, "to a far-flung community of beachcombers, ocean watchers, and amateur 'flotsamologists,' he is a guru and oracle -- the man who taught them to read flotsam and love the ocean more deeply."

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Science News

Buoyant items that end up in the sea — from tennis shoes to tree branches — drift at the mercy of winds and ocean currents, sometimes for thousands of miles.

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