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Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach. / Kiessling, Tim; Knickmeier, Katrin; Kruse, Katrin; Gatta-Rosemary, Magdalena; Nauendorf, Alice; Brennecke, Dennis; Thiel, Laura; Wichels, Antje; Parchmann, Ilka; Körtzinger, Arne; Thiel, Martin.

In: Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 789, 147849, 01.10.2021.

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Kiessling, T, Knickmeier, K, Kruse, K, Gatta-Rosemary, M, Nauendorf, A, Brennecke, D, Thiel, L, Wichels, A, Parchmann, I, Körtzinger, A & Thiel, M 2021, 'Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach', Science of The Total Environment, vol. 789, 147849. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147849

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Kiessling, T., Knickmeier, K., Kruse, K., Gatta-Rosemary, M., Nauendorf, A., Brennecke, D., Thiel, L., Wichels, A., Parchmann, I., Körtzinger, A., & Thiel, M. (2021). Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach. Science of The Total Environment, 789, [147849]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147849

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Kiessling T, Knickmeier K, Kruse K, Gatta-Rosemary M, Nauendorf A, Brennecke D et al. Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach. Science of The Total Environment. 2021 Oct 1;789. 147849. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147849

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Kiessling, Tim ; Knickmeier, Katrin ; Kruse, Katrin ; Gatta-Rosemary, Magdalena ; Nauendorf, Alice ; Brennecke, Dennis ; Thiel, Laura ; Wichels, Antje ; Parchmann, Ilka ; Körtzinger, Arne ; Thiel, Martin. / Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach. In: Science of The Total Environment. 2021 ; Vol. 789.

BibTeX

@article{5dbbdf3ca886404fa0043d6745553856,
title = "Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach",
abstract = "Rivers are an important transport route of anthropogenic litter from inland sources toward the sea. A collaborative (i.e. citizen science) approach was used to evaluate the litter pollution of rivers in Germany: schoolchildren within the project “Plastic Pirates” investigated rivers across the entire country during the years 2016 and 2017 by surveying floating macrolitter at 282 sites and taking 164 meso−/microplastic samples (i.e. particles 24.99–5 mm, and 4.99–1 mm, respectively). Floating macrolitter was sighted at 54% of sampling sites and floating macrolitter quantities ranged from 0 to 8.25 items m−1 h−1 (average of 0.34 ± 0.89 litter items m−1 h−1). Floating meso−/microplastics were present at 57% of the sampling sites, and floating meso−/microplastic quantities ranged from 0 to 220 particles h−1 (average of 6.86 ± 24.11 items h−1). As only particles >1 mm were sampled and analyzed, the pollution of rivers in Germany by microplastics could be a much more prevalent problem, regardless of the size of the river. We identified six plastic pollution hotspots where 60% of all meso−/microplastics collected in the present study were found. These hotspots were located close to a plastic-producing industry site, a wastewater treatment plant, at and below weirs, or in residential areas. The composition of the particles at these hotspots indicates plastic producers and possibly the construction industry and wastewater treatment plants as point sources. An identification of litter hotspots would enable specific mitigation measures, adjusted to the respective source, and thereby could prevent the release of large quantities of small plastic particles in rivers. The adopted large-scale citizen science approach was especially suitable to detect pollution hotspots by sampling a variety of rivers, large and small, and enabled a national overview of litter pollution in German rivers.",
keywords = "Citizen science, Floating macrolitter, Microplastics, Plastic litter, Rivers",
author = "Tim Kiessling and Katrin Knickmeier and Katrin Kruse and Magdalena Gatta-Rosemary and Alice Nauendorf and Dennis Brennecke and Laura Thiel and Antje Wichels and Ilka Parchmann and Arne K{\"o}rtzinger and Martin Thiel",
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AU - Kiessling, Tim

AU - Knickmeier, Katrin

AU - Kruse, Katrin

AU - Gatta-Rosemary, Magdalena

AU - Nauendorf, Alice

AU - Brennecke, Dennis

AU - Thiel, Laura

AU - Wichels, Antje

AU - Parchmann, Ilka

AU - Körtzinger, Arne

AU - Thiel, Martin

PY - 2021/10/1

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N2 - Rivers are an important transport route of anthropogenic litter from inland sources toward the sea. A collaborative (i.e. citizen science) approach was used to evaluate the litter pollution of rivers in Germany: schoolchildren within the project “Plastic Pirates” investigated rivers across the entire country during the years 2016 and 2017 by surveying floating macrolitter at 282 sites and taking 164 meso−/microplastic samples (i.e. particles 24.99–5 mm, and 4.99–1 mm, respectively). Floating macrolitter was sighted at 54% of sampling sites and floating macrolitter quantities ranged from 0 to 8.25 items m−1 h−1 (average of 0.34 ± 0.89 litter items m−1 h−1). Floating meso−/microplastics were present at 57% of the sampling sites, and floating meso−/microplastic quantities ranged from 0 to 220 particles h−1 (average of 6.86 ± 24.11 items h−1). As only particles >1 mm were sampled and analyzed, the pollution of rivers in Germany by microplastics could be a much more prevalent problem, regardless of the size of the river. We identified six plastic pollution hotspots where 60% of all meso−/microplastics collected in the present study were found. These hotspots were located close to a plastic-producing industry site, a wastewater treatment plant, at and below weirs, or in residential areas. The composition of the particles at these hotspots indicates plastic producers and possibly the construction industry and wastewater treatment plants as point sources. An identification of litter hotspots would enable specific mitigation measures, adjusted to the respective source, and thereby could prevent the release of large quantities of small plastic particles in rivers. The adopted large-scale citizen science approach was especially suitable to detect pollution hotspots by sampling a variety of rivers, large and small, and enabled a national overview of litter pollution in German rivers.

AB - Rivers are an important transport route of anthropogenic litter from inland sources toward the sea. A collaborative (i.e. citizen science) approach was used to evaluate the litter pollution of rivers in Germany: schoolchildren within the project “Plastic Pirates” investigated rivers across the entire country during the years 2016 and 2017 by surveying floating macrolitter at 282 sites and taking 164 meso−/microplastic samples (i.e. particles 24.99–5 mm, and 4.99–1 mm, respectively). Floating macrolitter was sighted at 54% of sampling sites and floating macrolitter quantities ranged from 0 to 8.25 items m−1 h−1 (average of 0.34 ± 0.89 litter items m−1 h−1). Floating meso−/microplastics were present at 57% of the sampling sites, and floating meso−/microplastic quantities ranged from 0 to 220 particles h−1 (average of 6.86 ± 24.11 items h−1). As only particles >1 mm were sampled and analyzed, the pollution of rivers in Germany by microplastics could be a much more prevalent problem, regardless of the size of the river. We identified six plastic pollution hotspots where 60% of all meso−/microplastics collected in the present study were found. These hotspots were located close to a plastic-producing industry site, a wastewater treatment plant, at and below weirs, or in residential areas. The composition of the particles at these hotspots indicates plastic producers and possibly the construction industry and wastewater treatment plants as point sources. An identification of litter hotspots would enable specific mitigation measures, adjusted to the respective source, and thereby could prevent the release of large quantities of small plastic particles in rivers. The adopted large-scale citizen science approach was especially suitable to detect pollution hotspots by sampling a variety of rivers, large and small, and enabled a national overview of litter pollution in German rivers.

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KW - Floating macrolitter

KW - Microplastics

KW - Plastic litter

KW - Rivers

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DO - 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147849

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JO - Science of The Total Environment

JF - Science of The Total Environment

SN - 0048-9697

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