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Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami.
Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 Jan 15; 66(1-2):53-8.MP

Abstract

A global ocean circulation model is coupled to a particle-tracking model to simulate the transport of floating debris washed into the North Pacific Ocean by the Tohoku tsunami. A release scenario for the tsunami debris is based on coastal population and measured tsunami runup. Archived 2011/2012 hindcast current data is used to model the transport of debris since the tsunami, while data from 2008 to 2012 is used to investigate the distribution of debris on timescales up to 4years. The vast amount of debris pushed into ocean likely represents thousands of years worth of 'normal' litter flux from Japan's urbanized coastline. This is important since a significant fraction of the debris will be comprised of plastics, some of which will degrade into tiny particles and be consumed by marine organisms, thereby allowing adsorbed organic pollutants to enter our food supply in quantities much higher than present.

Authors+Show Affiliations

ASR Ltd., Marine Consulting and Research, Raglan 3225, New Zealand.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23219397

Citation

Lebreton, Laurent C-M, and Jose C. Borrero. "Modeling the Transport and Accumulation Floating Debris Generated By the 11 March 2011 Tohoku Tsunami." Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 66, no. 1-2, 2013, pp. 53-8.
Lebreton LC, Borrero JC. Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami. Mar Pollut Bull. 2013;66(1-2):53-8.
Lebreton, L. C., & Borrero, J. C. (2013). Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 66(1-2), 53-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.11.013
Lebreton LC, Borrero JC. Modeling the Transport and Accumulation Floating Debris Generated By the 11 March 2011 Tohoku Tsunami. Mar Pollut Bull. 2013 Jan 15;66(1-2):53-8. PubMed PMID: 23219397.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Modeling the transport and accumulation floating debris generated by the 11 March 2011 Tohoku tsunami. AU - Lebreton,Laurent C-M, AU - Borrero,Jose C, Y1 - 2012/12/06/ PY - 2012/04/19/received PY - 2012/11/05/revised PY - 2012/11/08/accepted PY - 2012/12/11/entrez PY - 2012/12/12/pubmed PY - 2013/3/22/medline SP - 53 EP - 8 JF - Marine pollution bulletin JO - Mar. Pollut. Bull. VL - 66 IS - 1-2 N2 - A global ocean circulation model is coupled to a particle-tracking model to simulate the transport of floating debris washed into the North Pacific Ocean by the Tohoku tsunami. A release scenario for the tsunami debris is based on coastal population and measured tsunami runup. Archived 2011/2012 hindcast current data is used to model the transport of debris since the tsunami, while data from 2008 to 2012 is used to investigate the distribution of debris on timescales up to 4years. The vast amount of debris pushed into ocean likely represents thousands of years worth of 'normal' litter flux from Japan's urbanized coastline. This is important since a significant fraction of the debris will be comprised of plastics, some of which will degrade into tiny particles and be consumed by marine organisms, thereby allowing adsorbed organic pollutants to enter our food supply in quantities much higher than present. SN - 1879-3363 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23219397/Modeling_the_transport_and_accumulation_floating_debris_generated_by_the_11_March_2011_Tohoku_tsunami_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0025-326X(12)00551-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -