Facing the challenge of new pollutants

An ever-increasing global population is providing new challenges to the marine environment.  Population expansion is particularly prevalent in coastal regions and combined with an increase in maritime industrial developments a new range of pollutants are emerging.  These are far reaching, from carbon dioxide, to microplastics and biological discharges in ballast water.  PML scientists are working to understand the potential impacts of these pollutants and seek evidence-based solutions to the challenges they pose.
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Air-sea gas exchange

The transport of gases between the ocean and atmosphere has profound implications for our environment and the Earth's climate. This is because...

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Invasive species

Marine species are introduced to new environments by several means including transport in ships ballast water, biofouling on ships hulls...

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Marine plastics

Plastic pollution is accumulating rapidly in the global ocean, posing a serious threat to the health of marine life and ultimately human health.

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Ocean acidification

The term ocean acidification is used to describe the ongoing decrease in ocean pH caused by human CO2 emissions, such as the burning of fossil...

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