November 2022, Comment article
Nature Reviews, Earth and Environment

Laurent Lebreton

  • Publication type: Comment Article
  • Publication Journal: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
  • Publication date: November 9, 2022
  • DOI: 10.1038/s43017-022-00363-z


Floating plastic is accumulating in the five subtropical oceanic gyres, but little is known about their composition, sources, and fate. Monitoring has provided insight into persistence and accumulation processes in the North Pacific Ocean, but their relevance in other gyres is unknown. Identifying the sources of plastics, in all subtropical gyres, is necessary for cleanup efforts to be effective.

  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Plastic transport