Wednesday 28. September 2022

250 kg of plastic litter collected during UArctic's Summer School

Three students and one teacher from UW participated in the UArctic's Summer School "Plastic in the Marine Arctic - from source to solution". The summer course was held in Nuuk in Greenland where participants were educated about plastic marine litter in the Arctic. 

This was the first time that the University Centre of the Westfjords took part in an initiative by UArctic but definitely not the last time as both the students and staff member were pleased with the outcome. "UW participation in UArctic initiatives like this course are exciting opportunities for both students and staff. UW is one of the smaller UArctic institutions so we really benefit from collaboration, it gives our students the chance to meet new people and grow their professional network, " says Catherine Chambers, research manager at UW.

Participants went on excursions and collected around 250 kilos of plastic, visited a waste handling facility and did research work in a laboratory on microplastic in seabirds as well as projects on environmental plastics for improved source allocations, under guidance of experts from some of the Arctic States, such as Catherine.


"It was very rewarding for me to work with a great team of co-instructors. We learned so much from each other and it is so clear how much work is to be done in marine litter research and teaching. The enthusiasm from the early-career students shows the demand for graduate-level courses in marine litter and we are already thinking about ways to keep up the momentum from this course.:

Photo by GRID-Arendal
Photo by GRID-Arendal
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