Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Aliani S., Griffa A., Molcard A. Floating debris in the Ligurian Sea, north-western Mediterranean. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 46 (9) pp. 1142 - 1149. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, ENGLAND, 2003.
Results from visual sightings of large floating debris are presented, taken in the Ligurian Sea, a sub-basin of the north-western Mediterranean Sea which belongs to the recently stated "Cetacean Sanctuary". Data have been collected during three oceanographic cruises, during the summer of 1997 and 2000. Results for the 1997 data suggest a debris density of the order of 15-25 objects km−2, while for the 2000 data, a lower density of the order of 3-1.5 objects km−2 is found. The difference between the two results appears statistically significant using simple tests. Possible reasons for the observed variability are discussed, including meteorological forcing, marine currents and debris input variability.
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V6N-48NX3V6-1&_user=3704146&_coverDate=09%2F30%2F2003&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=gateway&_origin=gateway&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000061181&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=3704146&md5=ab80e
DOI: 10.1016/S0025-326X(03)00192-9
Subject Marine debris
Mediterranean sea
Meteorological forcing

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