Anthropogenic marine debris is a global, multidisciplinary problem. Our event will reinforce dialogues between experts and activists from the scientific community, governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, and from the private sector and civil society, to discuss the most critical challenges and the roadmap of solutions. We will highlight recent progress in new technologies for detection and tracking of marine debris, modeling, standardisation and consolidation of databases and identify gaps remaining in our understanding, observations, quantification and characterisation of sources, pathways, fate, sinks, and impacts of debris. Discussions will also include reports on new aspects, such as transport of biological species colonising marine debris, and the release of nutrients, greenhouse gases and toxins by degrading plastic.
The event will stimulate discussion on new technologies, policies, and strategies based on scientific knowledge that is needed to reduce marine pollution and, consequently, participate in restoring ocean health.
Support of research, innovative solutions and mitigating actions requires an efficient observing system, including in situ measurements, sampling, remote sensing, and modeling. The concept of IMDOS harmonises these observational tools, approaches, and products to optimise efforts unravelling potential long-lasting effects on the planet.
Addressing marine debris pollution is only possible with the broad involvement of all stakeholders including the industry and the civil society.
Expected outcomes from this event include enhanced cooperation bringing together multidisciplinary approaches from diverse communities of stakeholders, including citizen scientists and indigenous communities.