Plastic in the aquatic environment: observing and explaining where it comes from and where it goes?” Session at the EGU General Assembly
The EGU General Assembly 2019, taking place in Vienna (Austria) on 7–12 April 2019, will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.
The session OS4.12/BG3.15 “Plastic in the aquatic environment: oserving and explaining where it comes from and where it goes” aims to set up a forum for multi-disciplinary discussions to create a global picture of plastic contamination in the aquatic environment and to suggest approaches for future research, monitoring and mitigation of plastic pollutions impacts. The session will provide a framework to advise legislators and industry on the best ways to reduce the risks of serious damage from this contaminant.
This session will draw together data on plastic contamination across all sizes of plastics, from nano- and micro-plastics to large plastic fragments, and across all aquatic environments and locations. It will combine observations with state-of-the-art computational modelling to promote the fast advance of research and improve our understanding of how plastic pollution affects aquatic environments worldwide. We invite contributions on new methods and field observations, laboratory experiments, novel modelling approaches, related scientific initiatives and projects. New ideas for citizen-science involvement and for mitigation strategies to reduce aquatic plastic contamination are especially welcome.
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