EGU General Assembly 2021
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Analysis of the influence of storms on massive marine litter wash-outs to the shore of the Sambian Peninsula

Sergei Fetisov1,2 and Irina Chubarenko2
Sergei Fetisov and Irina Chubarenko
  • 1Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation (
  • 2P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Atlantic Branch, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation (

The problem of contamination of the shore of the Sambian Peninsula with marine anthropogenic litter is pressing and requires detailed study since it has a detrimental effect on the touristic and recreational activity of the region. Observations show that the most volumetric marine litter wash-outs to the beach take place after certain storms and are associated with abundant spots ofbiota (primarily branched Furcellaria lumbricalis). Such spots contain litter of anthropogenic origin, such as glass, paper, etc., along with macro and micro plastics. In this paper, meteorological and hydrophysical data were collected and analyzed in order to determine the most significant factors causing the wash-outs of anthropogenic marine litter to the shore of Sambian Peninsula. Both in-situ observations and reanalysis datasets were used for the analysis. It was revealed that the wash-out to the shore occurs during the storm subsiding phase, and the determining factors are significant wave height, wind speed and current velocity during the preceding storm.

Investigations are supported by the Russian Science Foundation, grant No 19-17-00041 and IKBFU competitiveness improvement program for 2016-2020 (project 5-100).

How to cite: Fetisov, S. and Chubarenko, I.: Analysis of the influence of storms on massive marine litter wash-outs to the shore of the Sambian Peninsula, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-13603,, 2021.

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