The plenary sessions and discussions of the virtual event 'One Integrated Marine Debris Observing System for a Clean Ocean' was held from 17 to 19 November 2021 as an official satellite activity of the UN Ocean Decade Clean Ocean Laboratory. The event also included a virtual poster session open from 10 to 30 November 2021.
OGS, coordinating the EMODnet Chemistry project, is among the 14 international ocean experts who organised the event, hosted by GEO Blue Planet and Mercator Ocean International.
The discussions aimed at evaluating the current state of the marine debris system, our knowledge about it and ways forward for implementing the Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS).
EMODnet Chemistry participated in the process of structuring IMDOS and has been acting to promote it.
The event was attended by 197 participants from 46 countries; 26 presentations and 50 posters were submitted.
Here are some notes to take home following the event:
- Problem of marine debris continues to attract attention of an increasing diverse community of stakeholders.
- There has been significant recent progress in scientific understanding of sources, distributions, properties, dynamics, and impacts of marine debris, its in situ measurements, remote sensing, and numerical modelling.
- A comprehensive observing system is needed to fill remaining gaps in our knowledge and to coordinate mitigating measures.
- The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development calls for urgent actions to establish an Integrated Marine Debris Observing System (IMDOS).