Water quality and marine pollution, usually considered by policy makers and authorities mostly in relation with coastal areas, are now seen as problems of global extent exemplified by the widespread distributions of plastic and marine debris. On another context, maritime safety and efficient navigation are crucial to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Indeed, search and rescue operations at sea have dramatically increased associated to the precarious migration through seas trying to run away from wars and social conflicts, as it presently happens in the Mediterranean. In all these problems we need to develop specific methodologies and tools to provide an efficient assessment that can be used either to prevent or to respond adequately.
MAPMAS aims at providing a common forum to identify strategies and assessment methodologies to face problems related with the marine environment: marine pollution impacts, sources of risk, emerging pollutants, restoration and remediation measures and improvement of maritime safety operations. All share in common the need to rely upon marine observational networks and management tools. The goal is to stimulate the transfer from scientists to stakeholders from a cross-disciplinary interaction among specialists on different fields. The topics to be addressed are:
• Oil Spills and shipwreck risk: oil spills, shipwrecks;
• Maritime Safety: search and rescue, traffic, navigation;
• Marine Pollutants: plastics, marine litter, emerging aquatic pollutants, heavy metals;
• Ecological impact: assessment tools, vulnerability maps, remediation and restoration of degraded marine ecosystems