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Below is a list of sessions within the Technology conference track.

In-water technology to detect derelict fishing gear in marine/estuarine ecosystems Derelict fishing gear is a continual problem in most marine and estuarine ecosystems.  Derelict gear can have serious impacts to habitats and potentially significant losses of natural resources from ghost fishing.  This session will focus on technological capabilities to detect derelict fishing gear in marine and estuarine waters.  This session will bring to light successes and challenges of varying technological approaches, sharing of capability, and promote collaboration.  The ability to spatially map and quantify derelict gear will help determine the severity of the problem and is valuable to establish targeted areas for gear removal.
Chair: Randy Clark, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Monitoring & Assessment
Co-chair: Tim Battista, NNOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Monitoring & Assessment

Innovative disposal options for difficult situations (remote locations, derelict gear and vessels, at sea, etc.)This session presents innovative and cutting edge technologies for debris management, including mobile treatment of waste through gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma vitrification. In many locations, landfill disposal is not feasible and so alternatives must be explored.  In other cases, landfill disposal is undesirable.  When energy can be produced from the debris or the debris may be recycled, there are synergistic benefits to its collection and waste management. When available, this session will present information on the cost of facility construction and operation as well as waste throughput costs.  Also, special issues related to derelict vessel deconstruction and disposal will be included.  This session will educate the audience on new technologies that address concerns about the difficulty of collection and disposal in unique situations.
Chair: Jenna Jambeck, PhD, University of Georgia

Aerial remote sensing of marine debrisThis session will focus on the remote sensing of marine debris, particularly at-sea but also on beaches.  The goal of debris remote sensing is locating areas where marine debris is likely to be found, detection prior to removal, debris census/mapping, or technology development.  This session addresses technology and procedures for remote sensing of marine debris using in-air platforms such as satellites, aircraft, and Unmanned Aerial Systems.  Remote sensing instruments include visible, infrared, LIDAR, sonar, and radar – single channel, multi-channel, or hyper-spectral.  Session presentations will provide information on such topics as:  (1) a survey of the state-of-the-art technology for the remote sensing of marine debris, (2) results of past marine debris surveys, (3) problems yet to be solved before operational marine debris detection and removal is feasible and cost-effective, and (4) successes and challenges in the use of various pertinent technologies.  It is expected that the presentations and resulting discussion in this session will clarify the road ahead in regard to development of technology and procedures for operational detection and removal of marine debris at sea.
Chair: William Pichel, NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, Center for Satellite Applications and Research

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