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Plastic pollution; a global challenge towards harmonised understanding, education and methodology in Europe, USA and China (PlastPoll)

Project details

Status: Concluded

Project period: 2018–2021

Principal: Research Council of Norway (RCN) (275172)

Coordinating institution: NILU

Being a fast developing field of research of increasing complexity, education on the impact and fate of MP pollution is lacking behind both in teaching, state-of-the art research as well as methodology.

An overall goal is to train students in combining theoretical, experimental and field approaches for an excellent and sound scientific understanding of relevant processes and observations while at the same time contributing to the understanding of the fate and impact of MPs in the environment by developing this new emerging field of research on a global scale together. An invaluable added value to the underlying JPI projects PLASTOX and BASEMAN will result in the evolution from the European to global scale as well as to broaden the scope from marine to also terrestrial MP pollution.

A strong interaction between not only the supervisors, but also the students will be both encouraged and facilitated by exchange visits, webinars and winter-/ summer schools. We will additionally offer master student projects in all three locations, which will create additional opportunities for students to participate in specific parts of this project.

At the same time, the exchange of experts will ensure the direct transfer of recent knowledge and understanding as well as help to develop a strong consortium, leading on global research of MP in the environment. The unique combination of participating research institutions (NILU, NPI) and universities (UiT, UCB, TU) is complementary in scientific quality, academic programs, experience and qualification.

Our collaborative educational project combines experienced scientists and educators (from different relevant disciplines), in an innovative project addressing the urgent need of knowledge on how MP move in the environment, harm organisms and how possible remediation actions can be designed.

Updated: 15.09.2020

Plastic pollution; a global challenge towards harmonised understanding, education and methodology in Europe, USA and China has 7 publications at NILU:

Microplastics in the atmosphere and cryosphere in the circumpolar North: a case for multicompartment monitoring

Hamilton, Bonnie M.; Jantunen, Liisa; Bergmann, Melanie; Vorkamp, Katrin; Aherne, Julian; Magnusson, Kerstin; Herzke, Dorte; Granberg, Maria; Hallanger, Ingeborg G.; Gomiero, Alessio; Peeken, Ilka


Plastic ingestion and associated additives in Faroe Islands chicks of the Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis

Collard, France; Leconte, Simon; Danielsen, Jóhannis; Halsband, Claudia; Herzke, Dorte; Harju, Mikael; Tulatz, Felix; Gabrielsen, Geir Wing; Tarroux, Arnaud


First documentation of plastic ingestion in the arctic glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Benjaminsen, Stine Charlotte; Bourgeon, Sophie; Herzke, Dorte; Ask, Amalie; Collard, France; Gabrielsen, Geir Wing


Oceanic long-range transport of organic additives present in plastic products: an overview

Andrade, Helena; Glüge, Juliane; Herzke, Dorte; Ashta, Narain Maharaj; Nayagar, Shwetha Manohar; Scheringer, Martin