Standardised protocol for monitoring microplastics in seawater. Deliverable 4.1.
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Pedrotti, Maria Luiza
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Microplastic litter is an omnipresent pollutant in marine systems across the globe; spread out from the water surface to benthic sediments. Furthermore, the current trend of microplastic accumulation in the marine environment will enable these particles to remain there for centuries to come, due to their persistence. Nevertheless, the impact of plastic particles on aquatic ecosystems is far from being understood. The consequences are estimated to be severe as microplastics can accumulate persistent organic pollutants from the environment and release toxic additives into the environment, which might pose a threat to marine organisms upon ingestion. Although microplastics are recognised as a contaminant of emerging concern in the environment, currently neither sampling, extraction, purification nor identification approaches are standardised, making microplastic studies difficult to compare, if at all, possible. Harmonization of protocols for determination of plastic particles .....
PublisherJPI-Oceans BASEMAN Project
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Maturity LevelTRL 8 Actual system completed and "mission qualified" through test and demonstration in an operational environment (ground or space)
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationGago, J., et al (2019) Standardised protocol for monitoring microplastics in seawater. Deliverable 4.1. JPI-Oceans BASEMAN Project, 33pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-605
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