Journal article

Superimposed microplastic pollution in a coastal metropolis

Lei Su, Simon M Sharp, Vincent J Pettigrove, Nicholas J Craig, Bingxu Nan, Fangni Du, Huahong Shi

Water Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


The mitigation of microplastic pollution in the environment calls for a better understanding of the sources and transportation, especially from land sources to the open ocean. We conducted a large-scale investigation of microplastic pollution across the Greater Melbourne Area and the Western Port area, Australia, spanning gradients of land-use from un-developed catchments in conservation areas to more heavily-developed areas. Microplastics were detected in 94% of water samples and 96% of sediment samples, with abundances ranging from 0.06 to 2.5 items/L in water and 0.9 to 298.1 items/kg in sediment. The variation of microplastic abundance in sediments was closely related to that of the over..

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Awarded by China Scholarship Council

Awarded by Ecological Society of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by a China Scholarship Council grant (201706140182) with support of Alison Rickard from Melbourne Water. This work was partially funded by The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia (TA103146).