Microplastics in the rivers Meuse and Rhine : developing guidance for a possible future monitoring program
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|[Netherlands] : [publisher not identified]|
|1 online resource (PDF, 83, XV pages) illustrations|
|Student report, Open University of the Netherlands, Department of Science, Faculty of Management, Science & Technology, Heerlen|
|Trefwoorden (cab)||microplastics / aquatische ecosystemen / aquatisch milieu / maas / rijn / bemonsteren / gegevens verzamelen / monitoring / waterverontreiniging / waterkwaliteit|
|Waterverontreiniging / Waterkwaliteit|
|Toelichting (Engels)||Microplastics, plastics fragments smaller than 5 mm, are found in aquatic ecosystems all over the world. Marine life may be harmed when they ingest microplastics, as they can form blockades in the gastro-intestinal tract or carry adhered pollutants. To assess the scale and the urgency of this environmental threat, scientists stress the need build up accurate and comparable datasets on the abundance and composition of microplastics in aquatic systems, among which rivers. Research in rivers, however, is still in its infancy. In this master thesis, an in-depth study on the abundance and composition of microplastics in the Dutch parts of the European rivers Meuse and Rhine was carried out. This study is one of the first, if not the first, that includes an extending series of synchronized samples, collected at exactly the same locations and using the same method, in two running European rivers.|