Guidelines for Harmonizing Ocean Surface Microplastic Monitoring Methods. Version 1.1.
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Cordova, Muhammad Reza
Cozsar Cabanas, Andrés
Lusher, Amy L.
Mason, Sherri A.
Shim, Won Joon
Syakti, Agung Dhamar
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Marine litter, including microplastics, is a current global challenge. Determining the existing distributions and quantities of microplastics in the ocean is an urgent task. A comparison of reported microplastic abundances, however, is difficult due to diverse monitoring methods. Hence, harmonization of monitoring methods for marine litter, including microplastics, is recognized as an important task/activity. To remedy the situation, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (below, MOEJ) has been promoting efforts to ascertain the actual state of marine pollution by encouraging horizontal distribution mapping of microplastic densities at the ocean surface worldwide. The MOEJ has developed Guidelines(Version 1.0) to harmonize ocean surface layer microplastic sampling and analytical methods in 2019, based on the results of two projects implemented by scientists. These Guidelines were prepared to enable anyone implementing ocean surface-layer microplastics-monitoring to design their monit.....
PublisherMinistry of the Environment, Japan
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo , Japan
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationMichida, Y., et al. (2019) Guidelines for Harmonizing Ocean Surface Microplastic Monitoring Methods.Version 1.1. Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, Ministry of the Environment Japan, 71pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-867