SCIENCE TO PREVENT PLASTIC POLLUTION
Understanding the sources, transport, distribution and impacts of plastic pollution
About the project
Plastic is pouring from land into our oceans at a rate of nearly 10 million tonnes a year.
Once in the sea, plastics fragment into particles moving with the currents and ocean gyres before washing up on the coastline. The smaller the size the higher the risk posed by these particles to organisms and human health. LABPLAS will develop new techniques and models for the quantification of small micro- and nano plastics (SMNP). Specifically, LABPLAS will determine reliable identification methods for more accurate assessment of the abundance, distribution, and toxicity determination of SMNP and associated chemicals in the environment. It will also develop practical computational tools that should facilitate the mapping of plastic-impacted hotspots and promote a scientifically-sound plastic governance.