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Marine Anthropogenic Litter

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  • Summarises the current state of knowledge on all aspects of marine anthropogenic litter

  • Offers an international perspective

  • Special section summarising the historical development of micro plastics and research and recent findings in this field

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Abiotic Aspects of Marine Litter Pollution

  2. Biological Implications of Marine Litter

  3. Socio-economic Implications of Marine Anthropogenic Litter


About this book

This book describes how man-made litter, primarily plastic, has spread into the remotest parts of the oceans and covers all aspects of this pollution problem from the impacts on wildlife and human health to socio-economic and political issues. Marine litter is a prime threat to marine wildlife, habitats and food webs worldwide.

The book illustrates how advanced technologies from deep-sea research, microbiology and mathematic modelling as well as classic beach litter counts by volunteers contributed to the broad awareness of marine litter as a problem of global significance. The authors summarise more than five decades of marine litter research, which receives growing attention after the recent discovery of great oceanic garbage patches and the ubiquity of microscopic plastic particles in marine organisms and habitats.

In 16 chapters, authors from all over the world have created a universal view on the diverse field of marine litter pollution, the biological  impacts, dedicated research activities,  and the various national and international legislative efforts to combat this environmental problem.  They recommend future research directions necessary for a comprehensive understanding of this environmental issue and the development of efficient management strategies. This book addresses scientists, and it provides a solid knowledge base for policy makers, NGOs, and  the broader public.

Editors and Affiliations

  • HGF-MPG Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany

    Melanie Bergmann

  • Biosciences | Functional Ecology, Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- undMeeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany

    Lars Gutow

  • Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences University of Gothenburg, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

    Michael Klages

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Marine Anthropogenic Litter

  • Editors: Melanie Bergmann, Lars Gutow, Michael Klages

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-16509-7Published: 11 June 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-37653-0Published: 17 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-16510-3Published: 01 June 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 447

  • Number of Illustrations: 33 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Freshwater & Marine Ecology

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