An affordable methodology for quantifying waterborne microplastics - an emerging contaminant in inland-waters

Dunn, C, Owens, J, Fears, L, Nunnerley, L, Kirby, J, Armstrong, OL, Thomas, PJ, Aberg, D, Gilder, W, Green, D, Antwis, RE ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8849-8194 and Freeman, C 2020, 'An affordable methodology for quantifying waterborne microplastics - an emerging contaminant in inland-waters' , Journal of Limnology, 79 (1) .

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Abstract

The occurrence of microplastics in marine habitats is well documented and of growing concern. The presence of these small (<5 mm) pieces of plastic is less well recorded in inland water systems. In this paper, we determine a cost-efficient and straightforward method for the collection and identification of microplastics in UK inland waters. We found pieces of microplastic from all sample sites ranging from over 1000 L-1 in the River Tame, to 2.4 L-1 in Loch Lomond. The presence of microplastics in all waters tested suggest it should now be classed as an emergent contaminant, with routine monitoring required.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Limnology
Publisher: PAGE press
ISSN: 1129-5767
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 12:47
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 12:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57164

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