Sources, Distribution & Impact of Microplastics in the Marine Environment
This research call initiative builds on the results of previous joint transnational call “Ecological aspects of microplastics in the marine environment”. JPI Oceans members, including Malta, launched another call, with an approximate budget of 9.2 million euros.
This joint transnational call intends to increase the knowledge about the relevant sources of microplastics, analytical methods for identifying smaller micro- and nano- plastics, monitoring their distribution and abundance in marine systems and their effects thereon as well as concepts to reduce inputs of plastic into the marine environment.
This call comprised of four main themes:
- Identification, characterisation and quantification of the major microplastic sources, especially mechanisms and time scales of microplastic fragmentation
- New sampling and analytical methodologies – focusing on the smaller (nano-) particles and in situ measurement methods for all matrices (water, sediment, biota)
- Monitoring and mapping of microplastics in the marine environment including its effects on the marine environment
- Concepts to reduce inputs of plastics into the marine environment including through new recycling methods, raising public awareness, promoting behavioural change, socio-economic analysis.
Andromeda is a research project developing analysis techniques for quantifying nanoplastics + microplastics and their degradation in the marine environment.
The JPI Oceans-funded ANDROMEDA project brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 15 international partners to improve the quantification of nanoplastics and microplastics in our oceans and seas. ANDROMEDA will develop new sampling and advanced analysis methodologies that focus on smaller microplastic (< 10 μm) and nanoplastic (<0.2μm) particles to enable improved risk assessment of plastic pollution, along with in situ techniques and cost-effective measurement methods for improving the efficacy and efficiency of microplastic monitoring.
The primary objectives of ANDROMEDA are:
- Development of an instrument platform for in situ and cost-effective analysis of microplastics
- The advanced characterisation of nanoplastics and microplastic materials and for accelerated microplastic degradation, and
- The characterisation of microplastic degradation.
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This article was last updated on: February 24, 2021