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First survey on marine litter in West Greenland - Nuuk

General

Organisation
Project start
23.05.2016
Project end
05.06.2016
Type of project
Research
Project theme
Marine ecosystems
Project topic
Environmental science

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, Mid-West
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 66.894140558151, -53.837287905626

Fieldwork start
23.05.2016
Fieldwork end
05.06.2016

Project details

24.09.2018
Science / project plan
Project discription: First survey on marine litter in West Greenland 

This project provide knowledge of occurrence and composition of marine litter washed ashore on some selected reference coasts in West Greenland, where litter from open sea and not from nearby local sources (e.g. dumps) are the main contributor. The studies will be performed in 2016 in areas outside Nuuk, Sisimiut and Uummannaq and follow international guidelines developed by OSPAR. The systematic analyses of litter amounts and composition will provide the first Greenlandic baseline information useful for assessments of the most important sources including the potential long-range transport of marine litter in the Arctic region.

In addition, environmental samples for microplastic analyses will also be collected in the respective areas. Analyses of contents and composition of microplastic will be performed within the frame of a DANCEA project, if funded. If not, samples will be stored for other project opportunities.

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