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Characterization of microplastics in sediments and surface waters of a headwater catchment

Schaney, Mitzy and Emili, Lisa (2021) Characterization of microplastics in sediments and surface waters of a headwater catchment. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021.

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Abstract

Microplastics are highly persistent small particles that have been recognized as a global threat to the environment. While plastic pollution in ocean environments has been widely reported, the need for study of microplastics in freshwater riverine environments has been more recently recognized. It is estimated that 80% of microplastics originate from land-based sources with rivers acting as an important transportation pathway, and microplastics themselves having the potential to act as vectors for chemical pollutants. More extensive and regular monitoring of microplastics in river basins is needed. To better understand microplastics in riverine environments, we will be collecting surface water and sediment samples within a headwater basin.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schaney, MitzyMIS212@pitt.eduMIS2120000-0001-9257-1756
Emili, Lisalae18@psu.edu
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2021
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/s9qj-kd41
Schools and Programs: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 19:10
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2021 19:10
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/40385

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