More than 1000 Rivers Account For 80 % of Global Riverine Plastic Emission Into The Ocean

Year of Publication

2021

This study examines riverine plastic pollution using an approach that includes geographically distributed data on plastic waste, land use, wind, precipitation, and rivers and calculates the probability for plastic waste to reach a river and subsequently the ocean.

Source:

Science Advances

Author(s):

Lourens J. J. Meijer, Tim van Emmerik, Ruud van der Ent, Christian Schmidt, Laurent Lebreton

Geography:

Global

Type:

Measurement(Landscape), Measurement(System, Market, Tool)

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Oceans

This study examines riverine plastic pollution using an approach that includes geographically distributed data on plastic waste, land use, wind, precipitation, and rivers and calculates the probability for plastic waste to reach a river and subsequently the ocean.