About this Research Topic
This Research Topic welcomes contributions focused on river plastic monitoring across several scales. Within this, we aim to bridge the gap between (1) plastic size classes, (2) fundamental research and development of long-term monitoring strategies, (3) in situ and remote sensing observations, and (4) observation-based modelling approaches to link scales and ecosystems.
We welcome manuscripts on, but not limited to:
• Monitoring methods for nano, micro, meso, macro, and/or megaplastics;
• Monitoring methods for all river compartments, such as floating, suspended in the water column, riverbanks, sediment, floodplains, biota;
• Transport mechanisms of plastics in freshwater environments;
• Observation-based assessments of plastic emissions from rivers into the ocean;
• Citizen science approaches;
• Image-based methods, including cameras, UAVs, and spaceborne remote sensing;
• Monitoring the effects of river regulation on plastic transport, e.g. dams, weirs, locks and barrages;
• Long-term monitoring strategies;
• Case studies from rivers across the globe.
Keywords: macroplastic, microplastic, sensing, plastic debris, marine litter
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.