On the origin and fate of ocean plastic

AIMS

In early 2020, our team came together to launch this new space for scientists from different fields with an interest in the origin and fate of ocean plastics. The Ocean Plastic Webinars series is an accessible means of communication, allowing scientists to network efficiently, share their research, and exchange ideas. 

WHY WEBINARS? 

Going virtual has two main advantages:

  • - The issue regarding ocean plastic is both global and fast-moving, as are the scientific communities working on it. Webinars will enable scientists to interact regardless of their level, field, location and ability to travel to international conferences. 

  • - In light of the pollution emitted by travelling, we as scientists need to rethink our ways of sharing our research. Substituting this travelling for virtual interaction is an opportunity to limit our carbon footprint and enhance our global collaborations. 

WHY OCEAN PLASTIC?

Current estimations show that an expected total of up to 250 million metric tons of plastic could end up in the oceans by 2025 (Jambeck et al. 2015). With the wide-ranging potential impacts on marine life and human health still requiring intensive research, we aim to create a space where biochemists, ocean modellers, deep-sea biologists etc can meet, collaborate and undergo interdisciplinary 'open science' global efforts to uncover these knowledge gaps. 

Jambeck, J.R., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T.R., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., Narayan, R. and Law, K.L., 2015. Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science, 347(6223), pp.768-771.

 
 

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CONTACT US

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THE ORGANISERS

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AUDREY HASSON

is head of the GEO Blue Planet European Office in France (https://geoblueplanet.org), hosted by Mercator Ocean International. She is a physical oceanographer, interested in tracking ocean plastic using satellite observations. 

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DELPHINE LOBELLE  

is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, in the TOPIOS team. She is a physical oceanographer modelling the 3D Lagrangian transport of ocean plastic. 

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RYOTA NAKAJIMA 

is a researcher at JAMSTEC, Japan (Marine Plastic Research Group). He is a biological oceanographer, with interests in the fate and impact of plastic debris in the deep-sea environment.

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TAKUNDA CHITAKA 

is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She is a chemical engineer focusing on sustainable waste management (http://www.wasteandsociety.co.za).

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