Technologies for Observing and Monitoring Plastics in the Oceans

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IEEE OES Initiative
2020 Cascais Workshop
2019 Brest Workshop
Oceans 2019 Town Hall

Plastics in the oceans pose a mounting existential threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of plastics into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

Brief Biography

Dr. Hans-Peter Plag
Professor, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Director, Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Dr. Hans-Peter Plag is a known expert on societal and environmental sustainability, climate change, sea level rise, Earth system dynamics, solid Earth geophysics and geodesy. He started as carpenter, then studied mathematics and geophysics, and obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences in 1988 from the Free University of Berlin. He joined ODU in June 2013 as Co-Director of the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative and Professor of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He is the founding Director of the Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI) at ODU. He provides scientific advice on global and climate change and sea level rise and engages in community assessments of local to global risks associated with natural and anthropogenic hazards. He contributes to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which is implementing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with particular focus on Earth observations in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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