Microplastic Prevalence in the Weddell Sea Region
Nekton’s project will help reveal the prevalence and type of microplastics in the Weddell Sea in Antarctica — using samples of sediment from the region, all collected during the 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition, also funded by the Flotilla Foundation.
The Weddell Sea Expedition provided the first opportunity to collect samples of sediment from the seabed, water from different depths, ice from sea ice and the ice shelf and aerosols from the air. Using this unique combination of samples, this research would be the first of its kind and is likely to deliver a scientific step-change in our understanding of the contamination pathways and prevalence of microplastics in Antarctica, with implications for other remote locations globally.
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