Accession Number:

ADA111358

Title:

Use of the Ocean for Man's Wastes. Proceedings of Symposium Held at Lewes, Delaware on 23-24 June 1981.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC MARINE BOARD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

311.0

Abstract:

The sea is potentially an important receiver of waters. The Marine Board, Assembly of Engineering, National Research Council, convened a symposium to explore the capacity of the oceans to assimilate wastes and the processes by which that capacity can be utilized. The symposium was held in Lewes, Delaware in June, 1981. The speakers at the symposium defined the major technical problems and engineering concerns involved in using the oceans to accept and assimilate waste. Speakers and panel participants recognized that there are many wastes--such as biodegradeable organic matter, and under certain circumstances, industrial wastes--that can be assimilated by the ocean. Moreover, they frequently expressed the view that the ocean option should be considered with land and air disposal in waste management assessments. The capability of the ocean is underused, in the view of the presenters, many of whom also emphasized that the ocean assimilative capacity can be exceeded and must be evaluated on a site-specific basis.

Subject Categories:

  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE