Initiation of the MP-ARCTIC project

Climate change is a significant environmental issue, the consequences of which are strongly felt in the Arctic regions. Melting and retreating of glaciers uncover land territories where new water bodies are being formed – post-glacial coastal lagoons, ponds and lakes.

Initiation of the MP-ARCTIC project

Climate change is a significant environmental issue, the consequences of which are strongly felt in the Arctic regions. Melting and retreating of glaciers uncover land territories where new water bodies are being formed – post-glacial coastal lagoons, ponds and lakes.

Places like the Arctic regions were traditionally considered pristine; however, recent studies indicate that microplastic pollution is present also far from anthropogenic impact centres. The goal of the MP-ARCTIC project is to determine how microplastics, along with associated persistent organic pollutants, accumulate in the water, sediments, and living organisms of newly formed Arctic water bodies.

The project partners form an interdisciplinary and synergistic consortium: LIAE will be responsible for collecting, processing, analysing microplastic samples, and sharing knowledge with project partners in this field. The Lithuanian partner (Klaipeda University Marine Research Institute) will study of habitat ecology and biodiversity in the study area, whereas Taiwanese partner (National Cheng Kung University, Institute of Ocean Technology and Marine Affairs) will focus on collecting and analysing samples of persistent organic pollutants.

The project is funded by the Latvia-Lithuania-Taiwan Scientific Cooperation Support Fund for 2024-2026. More about the project here.

Image: Klaipeda University Marine Research Institute

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