Challenges related to marine littering and pollution must be solved to realize the sustainable bio-marine growth needed for the future. Earths growing population is dependent on food from the ocean and industry operating in the ocean require a clean ocean for continued development. Plastic in the ocean has received much attention lately and is generally considered one of the greatest threats to ocean health. However, other marine pollutants and the effect of climate change on e.g. the transport and fate of pollutants in the ocean is just as important. In this session, we explore three important topics, i) plastic in the ocean, ii) emerging pollutants and climate change and iii) what we can learn from decades of marine oil spill research. These topics will highlight the need for multidisciplinary research for securing ocean health in the future. All of this is well in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal number 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources is focused on improving ocean health.

13:00 - 16:30 Parallel Session

Programme (to be completed)

Chair: Mimmi Throne-Holst, SINTEF Ocean

Topic 1: Plastic in the Ocean

  • GoJelly! (Jamileh Javidpour, GEOMAR)
  • Marine litter – the Mareano project (Lene Buhl-Mortensen, HI)
  • Nanoplastic (Andy Booth, SINTEF)
  • Ocean talks: Q&A session with the speakers and introduction to the next topic

Topic 2: Emerging Pollutants, Climate Change and the Clean Ocean

  • Re-Emerging Pollutants in the Emerging Arctic Ocean (Alexandros Asimakopoulos, NTNU)
  • Climate Change and the Clean Ocean (Elizabeth Nyman, Texas A&M at Galveston)

Coffee break

  • Climate Change and the Clean Ocean (Murat Van Ardelan, NTNU)
  • Ocean Talks: Q&A session with the speakers and introduction to the next topic

Topic 3: Keeping the Ocean Clean: What can we learn from decades of oil spill research?

  • What can we learn from decades of oil spill research? (Per Johan Brandvik, SINTEF/NTNU)
  • Ocean Talks: Concluding Q&A session

Speakers