föstudagur 20. janúar 2012

Er plastúrgangur vandamál í fjörum á Vesturlandi?

Mánudaginn 23. janúar, kl. 15:00, fer fram fyrsti meistaraprófsfyrirlestur ritgerð ársins í húsakynnum Háskólaseturs Vestfjarða.

 

Benjamin Dippo, nemandi í haf-og strandsvæðastjórnun, mun kynna og verja ritgerð sína: "Microplastics in the Coastal Environment of West Iceland". Kynningin fer fram á ensku. Allir velkomnir.

 

Leiðbeinandi Benjamins er dr. Jörundur Svavarsson, prófessor í Háskóla Íslands og prófdómari hans er dr. Helgi Jensson, sérfræðingur hjá Umhverfisstofnun. Þeir verða viðstaddir í gegnum fjarfundarbúnað.

 

Um verkefnið (á ensku)
The wide range of applications and increased uses of plastic materials on a global scale has resulted in these materials being carelessly discarded in all types of environments. Growing accumulations of discarded plastic waste are showing signs of potential human health impacts and sever consequences for worldwide ecosystems. There is a lack of knowledge about the presence of these materials in the Icelandic setting. The objective of this study is to document the types, quantities and distribution of microplastics in relation to a hypothesis that marine debris will travel along ocean currents from the urbanized area around Reykjavik, into more remote locations of Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður Bay. This project is designed to assess if the global trend of highly urbanized areas acting as large contributors to marine plastics in remote regions is evident in the Icelandic setting.

 

General observations taken while conducting field research are used to develop a greater understanding of how this type of marine debris might affect other aspects of the surrounding environment. The overall objective of this work is to shed light on a coastal marine issue that is receiving global attention, but not being investigated in the Icelandic landscape. The use of a cheap, effective and reliable sampling protocol will hopefully initiate further research and promote the establishment of future long-term monitoring programs for microplastics in the Icelandic environment.


Dæmi um plastúrgang sem fannst á vettvangi rannsóknar
Dæmi um plastúrgang sem fannst á vettvangi rannsóknar