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|Title:||Microplastics in the food chain: impact on the microbial and planktonic organisms|
|Investigator(s):|| Sophie Leterme
Flinders University of South Australia - School of Earth Sciences [details]
|Description:||Microplastics consist of pieces of plastic smaller than 5 mm, such as the microbeads found in domestic and personal care products. Plastic pollution of oceanic ecosystems can be observed anywhere on the planet, but microplastics create a global biological and chemical hazard due to their propensity to be ingested by marine life that is later consumed by humans. Small plastics can also adhere onto the surface of micro-organisms that are preyed upon by higher levels of the oceanic food chain such as fish. The aims of the project are (i) to assess the amount of plastics (micro through to pico in size) present in blue waters around Australia and (ii) to identify their impact on microorganisms at the base of the oceanic food chain.|
|Years:||2019 to 2021|
- Barrett, Justine,Chase, Zanna,Zhang, Jing,Holl, Mark M. Banaszak,Willis, Kathryn,Williams, Alan,Hardesty, Britta D.,Wilcox, Chris (2020) Microplastic Pollution in Deep-Sea Sediments From the Great Australian Bight. Frontiers in Marine Science 7 pp-.
- data sourced from following voyages RE2017_C01
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|V. Puigcorbe (Edith Cowan University)|| RV Investigator transit voyage between Brisbane and Darwin: in2021_T01, with the following supplementary and piggyback projects:
The primary objective of voyage IN2021_T01 is movement of RV Investigator from Brisbane to Darwin in preparation for IN2021_V04. Up to 72 hours of the transit voyage have been allocated to conduct scientific operations which will consist of a minimum of 12hrs devoted to the Supplementary Project: Microplastics in the food chain: impact on the microbial and planktonic organisms. The remaining time can be available for multiple Piggyback Projects. Some opportunistic mapping has been prepared should we be ahead of schedule.
|Alain Protat (BOM)||The voyage objectives are to collect Investigator C-band Doppler dual-polarization weather radar (SEAPOL), Ocean RAIN, ODM470 disdrometer, and micro rain radar (MRR-2) observations of precipitation collocated with as many radars from the BoM operational radar network located along the coast from Darwin to Fremantle.|