PS33A:
Physical Processes Governing the Distribution and Transport of Dispersed Particles in the Ocean II

Session ID#: 92550

Session Description:
The distribution and transport of dispersed particles in the ocean (e.g., plastic debris, oil droplets, gas bubbles, and organic and inorganic aggregates) continues to gather attention amongst scientists and policymakers seeking local and global solutions. Yet, major gaps remain in our basic understanding of the sources, distribution and physical transport of these different types of particles. Such particles span a wide range of shapes, sizes, densities, and materials and they interact with a wide range of fluid motions, including turbulence, waves, windage, and stratification. This session aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds seeking to understand the complex physical processes governing the distribution and transport of plastic debris, bubbles, drops, and other particles in the ocean. Thus, we invite all submissions related to physical processes affecting dispersed particles across a range of different scales, from the dynamics of individual particles to global observations and models. Field observations, remote sensing, laboratory experiments, numerical modelling, and theoretical contributions are all welcomed.
Co-Sponsor(s):
  • CP - Coastal and Estuarine Processes
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • PL - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Larger
Index Terms:

4251 Marine pollution [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4520 Eddies and mesoscale processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4528 Fronts and jets [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4568 Turbulence, diffusion, and mixing processes [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
Primary Chair:  Kara L Lavender Law, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Co-chairs:  Stefano Aliani, Institute of Marine Sciences CNR, La Spezia, Italy, Tracy Mandel, University of New Hampshire, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering, Durham, United States and Nimish Pujara, University of Wisconsin Madison, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Madison, WI, United States
Primary Liaison:  Kara L Lavender Law, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Moderators:  Stefano Aliani, Institute of Marine Sciences CNR, La Spezia, Italy, Tracy Mandel, University of New Hampshire, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering, Durham, United States and Erik van Sebille, Universiteit Utrecht, Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research, Utrecht, Netherlands
Student Paper Review Liaison:  Kara L Lavender Law, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Global Plastic Waste Input into the Ocean between 1990-2015 (650156)
Charlotte Laufkoetter1, Kevin Lang2, Victor Onink3 and Meike Vogt2,4, (1)Bern University, Bern, Switzerland, (2)ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, (3)University of Bern, Climate and Environmental Sciences, Bern, Switzerland, (4)ETH Zurich, Environmental Systems Science, Zurich, Switzerland
The increased Stokes drift of inertial, finite-size floating plastic (650725)
Ross Calvert1, Colin Whittaker2, Alison Raby3, Alistair G. L. Borthwick4, Mark L McAllister1 and Ton van den Bremer5, (1)University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, (2)University of Auckland, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, (3)Plymouth University, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Plymouth, United Kingdom, (4)University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, (5)University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Oil spill scenarios in the western gulf of Mexico (648930)
Paula Perez-Brunius1, Julio Sheinbaum2, Maria Josefina Olascoaga3, Francisco J Beron-Vera3, Philippe Miron4, Konstantinos Kotzakoulakis2, Julio Antonio Lara5, Javier Rodriguez Outerelo1, Paula GarcĂ­a-Carrillo1, Jorge Zavala-Hidalgo6, Sheila Natali Estrada-Allis7, Joao Marcos Azevedo Correia de Souza8, Julien Jouanno9 and Aljaz Maslo1, (1)Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada, Physical Oceanography, Ensenada, BJ, Mexico, (2)CICESE, Physical Oceanography, Ensenada, BJ, Mexico, (3)University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States, (4)RSMAS/U. of Miami, Miami, FL, United States, (5)UNAM National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, DF, Mexico, (6)Univ Nacional Autonoma Mexico, Mexico City, EM, Mexico, (7)Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada, BJ, Mexico, (8)New Zealand Meteorological Service (MetService), MetOcean Division, Raglan, New Zealand, (9)Observatory Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse, France
Transport of Microparticles and Microplastics in San Francisco Bay and Adjacent National Marine Sanctuaries (652627)
Rusty Holleman1, Meg Sedlak2, Rebecca Sutton2 and Chelsea M Rochman3, (1)University of California Davis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Davis, United States, (2)San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, CA, United States, (3)University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Toronto, ON, Canada
Modeling the Influence of Turbulent Vertical Mixing and Polymer Density on Microplastic Distribution and Deposition in Lake Erie (642132)
Juliette Daily, United States and Matthew J Hoffman, Rochester Institute of Tech., Rochester, NY, United States
Inverse modelling of microplastics sources and sinks in the Mediterranean by assimilating observational data and Lagrangian models (636393)
Mikael Kaandorp, Utrecht University, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU), Utrecht, Netherlands and Erik van Sebille, Universiteit Utrecht, Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research, Utrecht, Netherlands
Wave effects on the dispersal of buoyant particles (656851)
Michelle DiBenedetto1, Jeffrey R Koseff2 and Nicholas T Ouellette2, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole, United States, (2)Stanford University, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford, CA, United States
Modelling the accummulation and transport of microplastics by Arctic sea ice (650897)
Miguel Angel Morales Maqueda and Alethea Mountford, Newcastle University, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom