Multilevel assessment of microplastics and associated pollutants in the Baltic Sea

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 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.
The project is divided into 7 work packages:
WP1: Marine MP sampling and processing
WP2: Vector function of MP for POPs and biofilms, degradation of MP
WP3: Impacts of MP on Baltic biota
WP4: Eco-technological approaches for efficient wastewater treatment
WP5: Modelling, sources, transport, pattern & fate of MP
WP6: Policy advice and implementation
WP7: Management & coordination

BONUS call 2015: Blue Baltic

Duration: Jul 2017 - Jun 2020

IOW, Germany
IPF, Germany
IVL, Sweden
KU, Lithuania
NMFRI, Poland
SU, Sweden
TUT, Estonia

Contact: Sonja Oberbeckmann (IOW)


BONUS MICROPOLL has received funding from BONUS (Art 185), funded jointly by the EU and Baltic Sea national funding institutions.