Fluid dynamics challenges in predicting plastic pollution transport in the ocean: A perspective

Bruce R. Sutherland, Michelle Dibenedetto, Alexis Kaminski, Ton Van Den Bremer

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Plastic pollution has been observed throughout the world's oceans and estuaries, whether floating at the surface, settled in bottom sediments, washed up on beaches, or ingested by marine life. However, the vast majority of discarded plastics are unaccounted for. The problem of predicting the fate of discarded plastics has spurred fundamental research into fluid-particle interactions in previously unexplored regimes. Through talks and focused discussion groups taking place during a February 2022 online workshop hosted by the Banff International Research Station, theorists, experimentalists, numerical modelers, and observational oceanographers presented recent advances and identified outstanding problems in predicting plastic transport in the ocean, focusing on the role of fluid dynamics. The outcomes of this meeting and discussions that followed are reported upon here.

Original languageEnglish
Article number070701
Number of pages20
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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