MTS Ocean Pollution Workshop

The use of marine technology to mitigate ocean pollution is the focus of a two-day workshop, “Ocean Pollution: From Technology to Management and Policy,” slated for April 13–14, 2011, in Sarasota, Florida.

One of the Marine Technology Society’s TechSurge Workshops, this event will feature speakers from well-known laboratories and research institutes, as well as universities and private businesses. The workshop will focus on bridging the gap between technology and policy and management, and will include cutting-edge tool demonstrations. Topics for the workshop include Florida coastal ecology, water quality, storm water run-off policy, report card on reduced coastal and ocean pollution, and marine debris, among others.

A half-day session will be devoted to oil spill technology with topics featuring policy/management, restoration, lessons learned, and mitigation and detection. Attendees will identify the needs and gaps among various forms of pollution that affect our oceans and coasts, and help to develop an ocean pollution scorecard that highlights the top technology gaps in each topic presented.

A preliminary program, list of speakers, registration information, and information on sponsor and exhibit opportunities is at www.mtsociety.com.