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Record number 560248
Title The physical oceanography of the transport of floating marine debris
Author(s) Sebille, Erik van; Aliani, Stefano; Law, Kara Lavender; Maximenko, Nikolai; Alsina, Jose; Bagaev, Andrei; Bergmann, M.; Chapron, Bertrand; Chubarenko, Irina; Cozar, Andres; Delandmeter, Philippe; Egger, Matthias; Fox-Kemper, Baylor; Pascal Garaba, Shungudzemwoyo; Goddijn-Murphy, Lonneke; Hardesty, Britta Denise; Hoffman, M.; Isobe, Atsuhiko; Jongedijk, Cleo; Kaandorp, Mikael; Khatmullina, Liliya; Koelmans, A.A.
Source Environmental Research Letters 15 (2020)2. - ISSN 1748-9318
DOI https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab6d7d
Department(s) WIMEK
Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Abstract Marine plastic debris floating on the ocean surface is a major environmental problem. However, its distribution in the ocean is poorly mapped, and most of the plastic waste estimated to have entered the ocean from land is unaccounted for. Better understanding of how plastic debris is transported from coastal and marine sources is crucial to quantify and close the global inventory of marine plastics, which in turn represents critical information for mitigation or policy strategies. At the same time, plastic is a unique tracer that provides an opportunity to learn more about the physics and dynamics of our ocean across multiple scales, from the Ekman convergence in basin-scale gyres to individual waves in the surfzone. In this review, we comprehensively discuss what is known about the different processes that govern the transport of floating marine plastic debris in both the open ocean and the coastal zones, based on the published literature and referring to insights from neighbouring fields such as oil spill dispersion, marine safety recovery, plankton connectivity, and others. We discuss how measurements of marine plastics (both in situ and in the laboratory), remote sensing, and numerical simulations can elucidate these processes and their interactions across spatio-temporal scales.
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