The quest for seafloor macrolitter: a critical review of background knowledge, current methods and future prospects

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Canals et al. 2021. The quest for seafloor macrolitter: a critical review of background knowledge, current methods and future prospects. Environmenta Research Letters 16: 023001. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abc6d4

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Title: The quest for seafloor macrolitter: a critical review of background knowledge, current methods and future prospects
Author: Canals, Miquel; Pham, Christopher K.; Bergmann, Melanie; Gutow, Lars; Hanke, Georg; van Sebille, Erik; Angiolillo, Michela; Buhl-Mortensen, Lene; Cau, Alessando; Ioakeimidis, Christos; Kammann, Ulrike; Lundsten, Lonny; Papatheodorou, George; Purser, Autun; Sanchez-Vidal, Anna; Schulz, Marcus; Vinci, Matteo; Chiba, Sanae; Langenkämper, Daniel; Möller, Tiia; Nattkemper, Tim W.; Ruiz, Marta; Suikkanen, Sanna; Woodall, Lucy; Fakiris, Elias; Eugenia, Maria; Jack, Molina; Giorgetti, Alessandra
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Environmental Research Letters 16: 023001
ISSN: 1748-9326
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330768
Abstract: The seafloor covers some 70% of the Earth’s surface and has been recognised as a major sink for marine litter. Still, litter on the seafloor is the least investigated fraction of marine litter, which is not surprising as most of it lies in the deep sea, i.e. the least explored ecosystem. Although marine litter is considered a major threat for the oceans, monitoring frameworks are still being set up. This paper reviews current knowledge and methods, identifies existing needs, and points to future developments that are required to address the estimation of seafloor macrolitter. It provides background knowledge and conveys the views and thoughts of scientific experts on seafloor marine litter offering a review of monitoring and ocean modelling techniques. Knowledge gaps that need to be tackled, data needs for modelling, and data comparability and harmonisation are also discussed. In addition, it shows how research on seafloor macrolitter can inform international protection and conservation frameworks to prioritise efforts and measures against marine litter and its deleterious impacts.
Subject: seafloor
marine litter
trawl surveys
visual surveys
deep sea
modelling
data harmonisation


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