Distribution and Size Relationships of Plastic Marine Debris on Beaches in South Korea SCIE SCOPUS

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Title
Distribution and Size Relationships of Plastic Marine Debris on Beaches in South Korea
Author(s)
Lee, Jongmyoung; Lee, Jong Su; Jang, Yong Chang; Hong, Su Yeon; Shim, Won Joon; Song, Young Kyung; Hong, Sang Hee; Jang, Mi; Han, Gi Myung; Kang, Daeseok; Hong, Sunwook
KIOST Author(s)
Shim, Won Joon(심원준)Song, Young Kyoung(송영경)Hong, Sang Hee(홍상희)Jang, Mi(장미)Han, Gi Myung(한기명)
Publication Year
2015-10
Abstract
The characteristics of the distribution of plastic marine debris were determined on 12 beaches in South Korea in 2013 and 2014. The abundances of large micro- (1-5 mm), meso- (5-25 mm), and macroplastics (> 25 mm) were 880.4, 37.7, and 1.0 particles/m(2), respectively. Styrofoam was the most abundant debris type for large microplastics and mesoplastics (99.1 and 90.9 %, respectively). Fiber (including fabric) was the most abundant of the macroplastics (54.7 %). There were no statistical differences in the mean numbers and weights of plastic debris among three beach groups from west, south, and east coasts. No significant differences were detected between the abundances of beached plastics in high strandline and backshore for all three size groups. Spearman's rank correlation was used to determine the relationships between the three debris size classes. The abundance of large microplastics was strongly correlated with that of mesoplastics for most material types, which suggests that the contamination level of large microplastics can be estimated from that of mesoplastics. As surveying of smaller particles is more labor intensive, the surveying of mesoplastics with a 5-mm sieve is an efficient and useful way to determine "hot-spots" on beaches contaminated with large microplastics.
ISSN
0090-4341
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/2406
DOI
10.1007/s00244-015-0208-x
Bibliographic Citation
ARCHIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY, v.69, no.3, pp.288 - 298, 2015
Publisher
SPRINGER
Subject
TOXIC-CHEMICALS; ENVIRONMENT; MICROPLASTICS; TRANSPORT; STYROFOAM; PELLETS
Type
Article
Language
English
Document Type
Article
Publisher
SPRINGER
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Research Interests

Microplastic pollution,Persistent Organic Pollutants,Oil Pollution,미세플라스틱 오염,잔류성 유기오염물질,유류오염

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