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..View full abstract
Awarded by China Scholarship Council
Awarded by Ecological Society of Australia
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).