Large Accumulation of Micro-sized Synthetic Polymer Particles in the Sea Surface Microlayer SCIE SCOPUS

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Title
Large Accumulation of Micro-sized Synthetic Polymer Particles in the Sea Surface Microlayer
Author(s)
Song, Young Kyoung; Hong, Sang Hee; Jang, Mi; Kang, Jung-Hoon; Kwon, Oh Youn; Han, Gi Myung; Shim, Won Joon
KIOST Author(s)
Song, Young Kyoung(송영경)Hong, Sang Hee(홍상희)Jang, Mi(장미)Kang, Jung Hoon(강정훈)Han, Gi Myung(한기명)Shim, Won Joon(심원준)
Publication Year
2014-08-19
Abstract
Determining the exact abundance of microplastics on the sea surface can be susceptible to the sampling method used. The sea surface microlayer (SML) can accumulate light plastic particles, but this has not yet been sampled. The abundance of microplastics in the SML was evaluated off the southern coast of Korea. The SML sampling method was then compared to bulk surface water filtering, a hand net (50 mu m mesh), and a Manta trawl net (330 mu m mesh). The mean abundances were in the order of SML water > hand net > bulk water > Manta trawl net. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) identified that alkyds and poly(acrylate/styrene) accounted for 81 and 11%, respectively, of the total polymer content of the SML samples. These polymers originated from paints and the fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) matrix used on ships. Synthetic polymers from ship coatings should be considered to be a source of microplastics. Selecting a suitable sampling method is crucial for evaluating microplastic pollution.
ISSN
0013-936X
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/2753
DOI
10.1021/es501757s
Bibliographic Citation
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, v.48, no.16, pp.9014 - 9021, 2014
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Subject
PLASTIC DEBRIS; MARINE; MICROPLASTICS; CHEMICALS; ZOOPLANKTON; ENVIRONMENT; TRANSPORT
Type
Article
Language
English
Document Type
Article
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
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Research Interests

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

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