The power of multi-matrix monitoring in the Pan-Arctic region: plastics in water and sediment.
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Provencher, Jennifer F.
Hallanger, Ingeborg G.
Grosvik, Bjorn Einar
Lusher, Amy L.
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Litter and microplastic assessments are being carried out worldwide. Arctic ecosystems are no exception and plastic pollution is high on the Arctic Council's agenda. Water and sediment have been identified as two of the priority compartments for monitoring plastics under the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). Recommendations for monitoring both compartments are presented in this publication. Alone, such samples can provide information on presence, fate, and potential impacts to ecosystems. Together, the quantification of microplastics in sediment and water from the same region produce a three-dimensional picture of plastics, not only a snapshot of floating or buoyant plastics in the surface water or water column but also a picture of the plastics reaching the shoreline or benthic sediments, in lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Assessment methodologies must be adapted to the ecosystems of interest to generate reliable data. In its current form, published data on plastic poll.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Spatial CoverageArctic Region
CitationMartin, J., Granberg, M., Provencher, J. F., Liborion, M., Pijogge, L., et al. (2023) The power of multi-matrix monitoring in the Pan-Arctic region: Plastics in water and sediment. Arctic Science, 9, pp.146–164. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2021-0056
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