Surface plastic debris collected from SSV Robert C. Seamans in Eastern Pacific Ocean from 2001-10-12 to 2012-12-20 (NCEI Accession 0211008)

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Data contains floating plastic debris in the eastern North and South Pacific Oceans from more than 2500 plankton net tows conducted between 2001 and 2012. From these data, the researchers defined an accumulation zone (25 to 41°N, 130 to 180°W) in the North Pacific subtropical gyre that closely corresponds to centers of accumulation resulting from the convergence of ocean surface currents.
  • Cite as: Lavender Law, Kara; Morét-Ferguson, Skye; Goodwin, Deborah; Zettler, Erik; DeForce, Emelia; Kukulka, Tobia; Proskurowski, Giora (2020). Surface plastic debris collected from SSV Robert C. Seamans in Eastern Pacific Ocean from 2001-10-12 to 2012-12-20 (NCEI Accession 0211008). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211008. Accessed [date].
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Time Period2001-10-12 to 2012-12-20
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 32.42
S: -17.11
E: -117.18
W: -150.79
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General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Distribution of surface plastic debris in the eastern Pacific Ocean from an 11-year dataset
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  • Microplastics collected from Adventure Scientists-Global Microplastic volunteer initiative in Global Ocean from 2013-01-01 to 2017-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0211009)
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2020-07-10
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Dataset Progress StatusComplete - production of the data has been completed
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Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: 35F99T
PurposeThe 11 year data series was used to determine spatial patterns in the distribution of floating plastic debris, to evaluate three oceanographic numerical models of variable design that predict accumulation patterns of surface debris, and to investigate temporal changes in the average amount of debris in the region of highest concentration.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Lavender Law, Kara; Morét-Ferguson, Skye; Goodwin, Deborah; Zettler, Erik; DeForce, Emelia; Kukulka, Tobia; Proskurowski, Giora (2020). Surface plastic debris collected from SSV Robert C. Seamans in Eastern Pacific Ocean from 2001-10-12 to 2012-12-20 (NCEI Accession 0211008). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211008. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
  • Lavender Law, Kara
  • Morét-Ferguson, Skye
  • Goodwin, Deborah
  • Zettler, Erik
  • DeForce, Emelia
  • Kukulka, Tobia
  • Proskurowski, Giora
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Theme keywordsNODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Provider Keywords
  • Surface Plastic Debris
Data Center keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywordsNODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS ICES/SeaDataNet Ship Codes
Instrument keywordsNODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords Provider Instruments
  • Net tow
Place keywordsNODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Provider Place Names
  • Eastern Pacific Ocean
Project keywordsProvider Project Names
  • Surface plastic debris in the eastern Pacific Ocean
KeywordsNCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Lavender Law, Kara; Morét-Ferguson, Skye; Goodwin, Deborah; Zettler, Erik; DeForce, Emelia; Kukulka, Tobia; Proskurowski, Giora (2020). Surface plastic debris collected from SSV Robert C. Seamans in Eastern Pacific Ocean from 2001-10-12 to 2012-12-20 (NCEI Accession 0211008). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0211008. Accessed [date].
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  • 2020-07-10T19:05:15Z - NCEI Accession 0211008 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • Parameter or Variable: Surface Plastic Debris (measured); Units: pieces/km2; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: Net tow; Sampling and Analyzing Method: 2529 plankton net tows were conducted using a rectangular neuston net (335-μm mesh, 0.5 × 1.0 m mouth) towed at the air-sea interface for 30 min at a nominal speed of 2 knots (3.7 km h−1). Lavender Law K., Moret-Ferguson S., Goodwin D. S., Zettler E. R., DeForce E. and Kukulka T., Proskurowski G. (2014). Distribution of surface plastic debris in the eastern Pacific Ocean from an 11-year dataset. Environ. Sci. Technol. DOI: 10.1021/es4053076; Data Quality Method: Visual inspection, comparison with published data..
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • net - plankton net
Platform
  • SSV ROBERT C. SEAMANS
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