Plastics in the Arctic wilderness: a study of micro- and mesoplastics distribution in the Arctic freshwaters (IcyPlastic)

Plastics in the Arctic wilderness: a study of micro- and mesoplastics distribution in the Arctic freshwaters (IcyPlastic)

Project activity is supported by the INTERACT platform, which brings together research stations in the Arctic. The aim is to increase the capacity to identify, understand, anticipate and respond to various environmental changes in the Arctic. The project involves collecting samples of microplastic from rivers and streams located in Arctic regions. Altogether 10 Arctic stations have been selected, one of which will be visited in person (Iceland) while to other stations prepared equipment, net and instructions will be sent for sample collection (stations in Finland, Greenland, Alaska, the Faroe Islands, Sweden etc). Collected samples will be sent to the Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology, where they will be processed and analysed by the institute’s researchers and assistants. The results will provide a preconception of the contamination of freshwater with microplastics in Arctic wilderness and allow the ways in which pollution enters the Arctic to be analysed.

LIAE is the lead partner of the project and will ensure the implementation of the project, collection, processing and analysis of samples from Arctic rivers and streams.

Contact person

Inta Dimante-Deimantoviča, Senior Researcher

inta.dimante-deimantovica[at]lhei.lv

About the project

Project start date: 22.04.2024.

Project end date: 30.10.2024.

Project webpage: https://eu-interact.org/

Project budget: 4800 EUR

Financier: International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT)

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