ITS5.2/OS4.13/EOS10.2/BG3.18/GM6.6/HS11.63 Media

Plastic contamination has been reported in all realms of the environment from the tropics to the polar oceans. The consequences of this contamination may be severe for ecosystems and could adversely affect ecosystem services such as fisheries and even human health. Our poor knowledge of plastics sources, their composition, sizes, pathways, hot spots of accumulation and ultimate fate prevents an assessment of environmental risks 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 combined with computational models from their sources on land to rivers, estuaries, oceans and sea ice. This requires improved standardized accurate observations and the development of advanced modelling capabilities to quantify and predict contamination levels.

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 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 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 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 plastic contamination of the environment are especially welcome.

Invited speaker: Prof. Dr. Erik van Sebille

Co-organized as OS4.13/EOS10.2/BG3.18/GM6.6/HS11.63
Convener: Jörg-Olaf Wolff | Co-conveners: Richard Lampitt, Simon Dixon, Jessica Hickie, Alice Horton, Ilka Peeken, Anna Rubio, Stefanie Rynders
| Mon, 08 Apr, 08:30–12:30
Room N1
| Attendance Mon, 08 Apr, 16:15–18:00
Hall X4

Monday, 8 April 2019 | Room N1

Chairperson: Alice Horton, Jörg-Olaf Wolff, Anna Rubio
08:30–08:45 |
| solicited
| Highlight
Erik van Sebille
08:45–09:00 |
| presentation
Alethea Mountford and Miguel Morales Maqueda
09:00–09:15 |
| Highlight
Stefan Krause, Jennifer Drummond, Anna Kukkola, Iseult Lynch, Holly Nel, and Greg Sambrook Smith
09:15–09:30 |
Batdulam Battulga, Masayuki Kawahigashi, and Bolormaa Oyuntsetseg
09:30–09:45 |
Oihane C. Basurko, Irati Epelde, Pedro Liria, Irene Ruiz, Matthias Delpey, Amandine Declerck, Jose Luis Asensio, and Julien Mader
09:45–10:00 |
Irina Chubarenko, Irina Efimova, Margarita Bagaeva, and Andrei Bagaev
10:00–10:15 |
Lauren Biermann, Victor Martinez Vincente, Sevrine Sailley, Aser Mata, and Christopher Steele
Coffee break
Chairperson: Stefanie Rynders, Richard Lampitt, Jessica Hickie
10:45–11:00 |
Jose M Alsina, Cleo Jongedijk, Maarten van Reeuwijk, Agustín Sánchez-Arcilla, and Erik van Sebille
11:00–11:15 |
Daniel González-Fernández, Georg Hanke, Josue Viejo Marin, and Andres Cozar Cabañas
11:15–11:30 |
Liliya Khatmullina
11:30–11:45 |
Jens Meyerjürgens, Thomas H. Badewien, and Oliver Zielinski
11:45–12:00 |
Katsiaryna Pabortsava and Richard Lampitt
12:00–12:15 |
Isabel Jalon-Rojas, Xiao Hua Wangw, Fanglou Liao, and Erick Fredj
12:15–12:30 |
David Wichmann, Philippe Delandmeter, Hendrik A. Dijkstra, and Erik van Sebille