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Event title: Plastic pollution in the Southern Ocean: a global outlook

Date: 10 March 2022

Plastic pollution has become a global environmental issue, reaching even the most pristine and remote wildernesses of our planet such as the Southern Ocean (SO). SO biodiversity and ecosystem functions are vulnerable to plastic pollution and detrimental impacts are expected on wildlife. Understanding the sources of plastics entering from within and outside the SO and quantifying the scale of the problem are necessary to minimize any environmental threat to SO biodiversity and ecosystem services. This Satellite activity aims to engage a conversation on plastic pollution in the SO within the broader perspective of the Global Ocean. Innovative solutions and mitigating actions at national and global levels to tackle the issue of plastic pollution in this region will been envisaged.

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SCAR Plastic in Polar Environments Action Group steering committee

Clara Manno, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge (UK)
Claire Waluda, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge (UK)
Ilaria Corsi, University of Siena (Italy)
Cath Waller, University Hull (UK)
Elisa Bergami, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Steve Fletcher, Director of the Sustainability and the Environment Research Theme, University of Portsmouth, UK
Hyoung Chul Shin, Vice President of Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), Korea 
Louise Emmerson, Australian Antarctic Division, Australia   
Marcelo Leppe Cartes, Director, Nacional del Instituto Antártico Chileno, Chile
Dr Ilka Peeken, marine biologist, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

Key audience:
Multidisciplinary audience with different backgrounds (academics, businesses, environmental agencies, management bodies) both operating in the SO and those externally who have an impact on the SO.


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Members of the Plastic-AG Steering Committee:

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Group members:

Name Affiliation Country
Stefano Aliani National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) Italy
Francoise Amelineau University la Rochelle France
Carlos Angulo University of Barcelona Catalonia
Conxita Avila University of Barcelona Catalonia
Michael Axelsson University of Gothenburg Sweden
Renuka Badhe European Polar Board Netherlands
Rhonda Bartley Australian Antarctic Division Australia
Susan Bengtson Nash Griffith University Australia
Sarah Bouckoms PEI windowless classroom & Antarctic Heritage Trust NZ New Zealand
Christina Braun University Jena Germany
Pip Bricher Southern Ocean Observing System Australia
Jack Buckingham University of Hull UK
Simone Cappello National Research Council (CNR-IRBIM) Italy
Rachel Cavanagh British Antarctic Survey UK
Han-Gu Choi Korean Polar Research Institute Korea
Li Chuanjin State Key Laboratory of Computer Science China
Jennifer Cocking Scottish Association for Marine Science UK
Rachel Coppock Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK
Vonda Cummings National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research New Zealand
José R.M.C. da Silva University of São Paulo Brazil
Bruno Danis Université Libre de Bruxelles Belgium
Nina Dehnhard Norsk Institutt for Naturforskning Norway
Vicky Dewar-Fowler British Antarctic Survey UK
Gwen Fenton Australian Antarctic Division Australia
Jerome Fort Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France
Geir W. Gabrielsen Norwegian Polar Institute Norway
Gunnar Gerdts Alfred Wegener Institute Germany
Laura Ghigliotti National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) Italy
Tania Giberyen POLAR.LU Luxembourg
Piotr Glowacki Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk Poland
Marcelo González Aravena Instituto Antarctico Chileno Chile
Maria Granberg Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) Sweden
Huw Griffiths British Antarctic Survey UK
Wray Grimaldi University of Otago New Zealand
Kate Hendry University of Bristol UK
Kevin Hughes British Antarctic Survey UK
Juliana A. Ivar do Sul Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemüende Germany
Kirstie Jones-Williams British Antarctic Survey UK
Hermanni Kaartokallio Finnish Environment Insitiute (SYKE) Finland
Deneb Karentz University of San Fransisco USA
Monika Kedra Instytut Oceanologii Polskiej Poland
Andrew Krupinski Emerenciano University of São Paulo (USP) Brazil
Camille Le Guen University of St Andrews UK
Jo Lennan Sydney Morning Herald Australia
Phoebe Lewis Australian Antarctic Division/Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Australia
Cecilia Liszka British Antarctic Survey UK
Juan Pablo Lozoya Universidad de la República Uruguay
Amanda Lynnes International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) UK
América Metzdorff University of Siena Italy
Rahul Mohan National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research India
Nathalie Morata Université de Bretange Occidentale France
Monica M C Muelbert Instituto de Oceanografia Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Brazil
Bhavani Narayanaswamy Scottish Association for Marine Science UK
Joseph Nolan European Polar Board Netherlands
Ilka Peeken Alfred Wegener Institute Germany
Eva Pisano National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) Italy
Jennifer Provencher Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Steve Roberts British Antarctic Survey UK
Ricardo Roura Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) Netherlands
Emily Rowlands University of Exeter UK
Thomas Saucede Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté France
Fiona Shanhun Antarctica New Zealand New Zealand
Hyoung Chul Shin Korean Polar Research Institute Korea
Angelika Slomska University of Gdansk Poland
Alvaro Soutullo Instituto Antártico Uruguayo Uruguay
Giuseppe Suaria National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) Italy
Franco Teixeira de Mello Universidad de la República Uruguay
Marino Vacchi National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) Italy
Anton Van de Putte Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences Belgium
Lisa Winberg von Friesen Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) Sweden
Enrico Zambianchi Parthenhope University, Napoli Italy



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Plastics Data on SOOSmap

SOOSmap gives you access to data from key circumpolar research programmes. In SOOSmap, you can explore temporal, spatial, and thematic distributions of observing platforms. These platforms include Argo floats, MEOP seals, continuous plankton recorder tows, tide gauges. For data types that are not yet fully standardised and aggregated, like the SOOS Mooring Network, SOOSmap provides links to the data centres that hold the data from each of the platforms. The observing platforms are given context by a series of base layers, including CCAMLR regions, sea surface temperature, and sea-ice concentration.

For more information, and to use the product, visit SOOSmap on the SOOS website.


Publications from Plastic-AG, and other relevant publications.