Distribution of floating marine macro-litter in relation to oceanographic characteristics in the Russian Arctic Seas

Maria Pogojeva, Igor Zhdanov, Anfisa Berezina, Artem Lapenkov, Denis Kosmach, Alexander Osadchiev, Georg Hanke, Igor Semiletov, Evgeniy Yakushev

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Abstract

The main objectives of this work were the acquisition of new data on floating marine macro litter (FMML) and natural floating objects in the Arctic seas, an initial assessment of the level of pollution by FMML and an analysis of potential sources. The results of this study present the first data on FMML distribution in Russian Arctic shelf seas in relation to oceanographic conditions (i.e. position of water masses of different origin as described by temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and pH). The main finding of this study is that FMML was found only in the water of Atlantic origin, inflowing from the Barents Sea, where FMML average density on the observed transects was 0.92 items/ km2. Eastern parts of the study, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea were practically free from FMML. No input from rivers was detected, at least in autumn, when the observations were performed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112201
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume166
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Arctic
  • Floating marine macro litter
  • Marine environmental monitoring
  • Marine pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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