Future monitoring of litter and microplastics in the Arctic--challenges, opportunities, and strategies.
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Provencher, Jennifer F.
Grosvik, Bjorn Einar
Hamilton, Bonnie M.
Larsen, Jan Rene
Lusher, Amy L.
Mallory, Mark L.
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The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme has published a plan and guidelines for the monitoring of litter and microplastics (MP) in the Arctic. Here, we look beyond suggestions for immediate monitoring and discuss challenges, opportunities, and future strategies in the long-term monitoring of litter and MP in the Arctic. Challenges are related to environmental conditions, lack of harmonization and standardization of measurements, and long-term coordinated and harmonized data storage. Furthermore, major knowledge gaps exist with regard to benchmark levels, transport, sources, and effects, which should be considered in future monitoring strategies. Their development could build on the existing infrastructure and networks established in other monitoring initiatives in the Arctic, while taking into account specific requirements for litter and MP monitoring. Knowledge existing in northern and Indigenous communities, as well as their research priorities, should be integrated into colla.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Spatial CoverageArctic Region
CitationProvencher, J. F., Aliani, S., Bergmann, M., Bourdages, M., Buhl-Mortensen, L., et al (2023) Future monitoring of litter and microplastics in the Arctic—Challenges, opportunities, and strategies. Arctic Science, 9, pp.209–226. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2022-0011
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