Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary (M)
Session Sub-categoryIntersection (IS)
Session IDM-IS19
TitleOcean Plastics, an earth science perspective
Short Titleocean plastics
Main Convener NameAtsuhiko Isobe
AffiliationKyushu University
Co-Convener 1NameKiichiro Kawamura
AffiliationYamaguchi University
Co-Convener 2NameYusuke Okazaki
AffiliationDepartment of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University
Co-Convener 3NameMasashi Tsuchiya
AffiliationResearch Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Session LanguageJ
ScopeMismanaged plastic wastes accounting for 70% of marine debris remain persistently in the marine environment, even if they are degraded and fragmentized to tiny microplastics. To date, it has been unknown how this anthropogenic, buoyant, and persistent matter which was first appeared in the earth history, contaminates (or is incorporated into) the earth system. The ocean plastic study requires the insight and methodology of a variety of earth sciences such as the oceanography, geology, and palaeontology. Studies on the plastic circulation loaded from the land/atmosphere to upper oceans and bottom sediments, studies on microplastics as a proxy of the 'Anthropocene', and studies to establish procedures in monitoring and analyzing macro/microplastics are welcomed.
Presentation FormatOral and Poster session
Joint with
Co-sponsoredThe Oceanographic Society of Japan, The Palaeontological Society of Japan, n‹jw