Microplastics in the marine environment - knowledge about harmful effects, detection methods and fate (39503)

Project Details


Microplastics in the marine environment have been identified as a problem. The project will describe the extent and differences in the environmental damage effects of different types of microplastics. This synthesis project will focus on identifying the more environmentally harmful types of microplastics, assessing their occurrence, fate and potential effects, as well as providing knowledge of measurement methods that are useful for identifying and characterizing microplastics in the marine environment. The synthesis project will thereby be able to make a significant contribution to such a knowledge building about which types of microplastics are most problematic in the marine environment, which methods are best suited for detecting and quantifying microplastics and mapping where microplastics end up in the marine environment. Special forms of microplastics will also be able to function as a significant contribution to improving management efforts, including helping to fill a number of knowledge gaps that have been highlighted by the partnership established by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency on microplastics with the participation of e.g. environmental administrations at national, regional and municipal level, private consultancy firms and research institutions. The project will be based on various important aspects for future research and management within microplastics in the environment.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Department of Chemical Engineering, DTU Chemical Engineering
Aarhus University, Department of for Bioscience (coordinator)
Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science
University of Copenhagen, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management
Aalborg University, Department of the Built Environment 

The project is funded by Villum Fonden & Velux Fonden. 

Research area: Marine Living Resources
Research area: Oceanography
Effective start/end date27/06/201701/06/2019


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