Symposium on plastics in the Great Lakes

Thursday, April 4, 2013 (all day)

The Ecohydrology Research Group at the University of Waterloo is embarking on a feasibility study to assess the potential for using remote sensing and/or autonomous infrared sensors to monitor the distributions of microplastics in the oceans and large lakes. Field trials will focus on the Great Lakes.

To kick-start the project, we are organizing a two-day workshop to bring together key experts and stakeholders. The first day will consist of presentations from experts on plastic pollution, remote sensing, sensor technology, toxicology and aquatic ecosystems. Discussions during day two will focus on both the design of the feasibility study and the development of a collaborative partnership to tackle the emerging problem of microplastics in oceans and large lakes.