Project: Multilevel assessment of microplastics and associated pollutants in the Baltic Sea

Acronym MICROPOLL (Reference Number: call2015-122)
Duration 01/07/2017 - 30/06/2020
Project Topic The focus of the planned project will be on the multilevel impacts of microplastics (MP) themselves, of associated pollutants and of attached biofilms on the ecosystem Baltic Sea. The hazard potential and impacts of these substances will be determined by i) detecting the recent status regarding MP in the Baltic Sea (abundance, composition, sources, sinks), ii) exploring the vector function of MP for associated pollutants and biofilms, and iii) in situ and laboratory experiments, exposing marine organisms from different trophic levels (pro- as well as eukaryotic) to defined levels and size classes of MP and POPs. The gained knowledge will enable us to create spatio-temporal scenarios and simulations for MP transfer and circulation, which will help to understand the mitigation processes of MP and associated pollutants/biofilms in the Baltic Sea. We will be able to assess the risk originating from MP and to develop indicators and suggest monitoring strategies regarding MP and associated pollutants, this way contributing to the implementation of the MSFD. One potential application to reach good ecological status will be evaluated within the project, namely a wastewater treatment technology, which retains efficiently microplastics and xenobiotics.
Network BONUS
Call Bonus Call 2015: Blue Baltic

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde Coordinator Germany
2 Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. Partner Germany
3 Stockholm University Partner Sweden
4 Klaipeda University Partner Lithuania
5 IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Partner Sweden
6 Tallinn University of Technology Partner Estonia
7 National Marine Fisheries Research Institute Partner Poland