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The physical oceanography of the transport of floating marine debris

Van Sebille, Erik and Aliani, Stefano and Law, Kara L. and Maximenko, Nikolai and Alsina, José M. and Bagaev, Andrei and Bergmann, Melanie and Chapron, Bertrand and Chubarenko, Irina and Cózar, Andrés and Delandmeter, Philippe and Egger, Matthias and Fox-Kemper, Baylor and Garaba, Shungudzemwoyo P and Goddijn-Murphy, Lonneke and Hardesty, Britta D. and Hoffman, Matthew J . and Isobe, Atsuhiko and Jongedijk, Cleo E. and Kaandorp, Mikael L. A. and Khatmullina, Liliya and Koelmans, Albert A. and Kukulka, Tobias and Laufkötter, Charlotte and Lebreton, Laurent and Lobelle, Delphine and Maes, Christophe and Martinez-Vicente, Victor and Morales Maqueda, Miguel A. and Poulain, Marie and Rodríguez, Ernesto and Ryan, Peter G. and Shanks, Alan L. and Shim, Won Joon and Suaria, Giuseppe and Thiel, Martin and van den Bremer, Ton S. and Wichmann, David The physical oceanography of the transport of floating marine debris. (2020) Environmental Research Letters, 15 (2). 1-32. ISSN 1748-9326

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab6d7d

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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HAL Id:hal-02640336
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Brown University (USA)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR (ITALY)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - IRD (FRANCE)
Other partners > Kyushu University (JAPAN)
Other partners > University of Hawai'i at Mānoa - UH Mānoa (USA)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC (SPAIN)
Other partners > Wageningen University & Research - WUR (NETHERLANDS)
Other partners > Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research - AWI (GERMANY)
Other partners > California Institute of Technology - Caltech (USA)
Other partners > Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - CSIRO (AUSTRALIA)
Other partners > Imperial College London (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Istituto di Science Marine - ISMAR (ITALY)
Other partners > National Physical Laboratory - NPL (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Oregon State University (USA)
Other partners > Plymouth Marine Laboratory - PML (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Russian academy of sciences (RUSSIA)
Other partners > University of Southampton (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > University of Bern (SWITZERLAND)
Other partners > University of Cape Town - UCT (SOUTH AFRICA)
Other partners > Newcastle University (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (GERMANY)
Other partners > University of Oxford (UNITED KINGDOM)
Other partners > University of Rochester (USA)
Other partners > Utrecht University - UU (NETHERLANDS)
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