Predicting Pathways for Microplastic Transport in the Ocean (22w5073)


(University of Alberta)

Michelle DiBenedetto (University of Washington)

Alexis Kaminski (University of California, Berkeley)

Ton van den Bremer (University of Oxford)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Predicting Pathways for Microplastic Transport in the Ocean" workshop in Banff from February 20 - 25, 2022.

While microplastics are becoming recognized as a pollutant, their evolution from source to sink and their distribution in lakes, rivers and marine environments remains poorly understood. As a result, fisheries and marine biologists struggle to assess the future impact of microplastics upon aquatic ecosystems. Taking advantage of new technologies and the expertise of mathematicians, physicists, engineers and oceanographers, our workshop aims to provide a better theoretical and physical understanding of the transport, sedimentation and resuspension of microplastics.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).