About this Research Topic
The overarching theme of this Research Topic is the long-term monitoring of marine microplastic contamination to understand prevalence and distribution in marine ecosystems worldwide.
This Research Topic calls for original research articles and literature reviews that examine the current knowledge of spatiotemporal levels of microplastic contamination, including past, present, and future estimated levels, in marine abiotic and biotic matrices. Discussions on methodological constraints and innovations that can affect the effectiveness and robustness of microplastic studies are encouraged, along with multidisciplinary studies (i.e., field data incorporating numerical modelling) that illustrate the link between spatiotemporal trends of microplastic contamination in various marine ecosystems and the factors that influence these (e.g., urbanization, source inputs, environmental conditions, biological factors). Novel research articles applying controlled experiments to refine and harmonise methods leading to the advancement of long-term marine microplastic measurement strategies are also welcome.
Keywords: pollution, environmental risk assessment, temporal, spatial, exposure
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