Call for abstracts: EGU2020 ITS2.8/OS4.10 Plastic in the marine environment

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to participate in the EGU 2020 session "Plastic in the marine environment: observing and explaining where it comes from and where it goes" co-organised by ITS/OS and the BG division. All research related to plastics in marine environments is welcome, regardless of method, and from any geographic location, including plastics in sea ice or on the beach. 

Please submit the abstract via the following link:

Please note that the abstract submissions deadline is 15 January 2020, 13:00 CET.

The submission guidelines are at:

Limited travel support is available, including support for Early Career Scientists. The deadline for the travel support submissions is 1 December 2019

Session abstract

Plastic contamination has been reported in all realms of the environment from the tropics to the polar oceans. Our poor knowledge of plastics sources, pathways and hot spots of accumulation prevents an assessment of risks to ecosystems and human health and the development of appropriate mitigation strategies. In order to understand current distributions of plastics and the way they evolve in space and time, much better observations and common consistent measuring methods are required but simultaneously, observations must be systematically combined with computational models. The session aims to set up a forum for multi-disciplinary discussions to create a global picture of plastic contamination in the environment and to suggest approaches for future research, monitoring and mitigation of plastic pollutions impacts. The session will provide a platform for discussions to advise policy and industry on the best ways to assess potential harm to the environment and human health from this contaminant.  This session will draw together research on plastic contamination across all sizes of plastics from shelf seas to the deep ocean including ice covered seas. The forum will facilitate combining observations with state-of-the-art computational modelling to promote the fast advance of research and improve our understanding of how plastic pollution affects environments worldwide. We invite contributions on field and remote observations, laboratory experiments, novel modelling approaches, related scientific initiatives and projects. New ideas for citizen-science involvement and for mitigation strategies to reduce plastic contamination of the environment are especially welcome.

We hope to repeat the broad interaction between different disciplines of last year successful session and facilitate links between science and solutions.


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