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BalticLitter: ERA-Net: Marine litter at Baltic coasts: monitoring, consequences and remediation

Micro-, meso-, and macro-litter along the Russian, Estonian, and German marine beaches will be monitored using a unified methodology, which will also be tested on the coasts lagoons, estuaries, and river mouths of the partner countries. Migrations of marine litter between the beach and underwater slope will be investigated, with emphasis on observations of massive litter beaching after stormy events. Link between marine litter and human pathogens will be examined. An impact of presence and migrations of litter in sea coastal zone on benthic ecosystems in coastal marine environment will be investigated in microcosm experiments. Numerical modeling will be applied to relate the amount and distribution of the beached litter to hydrophysical and meteorological conditions, allowing for the development of a new monitoring methods and a strategy for more effective cleaning of the sea coastal zone. 


  • Gyraite, G., M. Haseler, A. Balčiūnas, V. Sabaliauskaitė, G. Martin, G. Reisalu and G. Schernewski (2022). A new monitoring strategy of large micro-, meso- and macro-litter: A case study on sandy beaches of baltic lagoons and estuaries. Environ. Manage.: online, doi: 10.1007/s00267-022-01755-z
  • Esiukova, E., O. Lobchuk, M. Haseler and I. Chubarenko (2021). Microplastic contamination of sandy beaches of national parks, protected and recreational areas in southern parts of the Baltic Sea. Mar. Poll. Bull. 173: 113002, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113002
  • Schernewski, G., H. Radtke, E. Robbe, M. Haseler, R. Hauk, L. Meyer, S. Piehl, J. Riedel and M. Labrenz (2021). Emission, transport, and deposition of visible plastics in an estuary and the Baltic Sea - a monitoring and modeling approach. Environ. Manage. 68: 860-881, doi: 10.1007/s00267-021-01534-2
  • Schernewski, G., H. Radtke, R. Hauk, C. Baresel, M. Olshammar and S. Oberbeckmann (2021). Urban microplastics emissions: Effectiveness of retention measures and consequences for the Baltic Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 8: 208, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.594415
  • Haseler, M., A. Balciunas, R. Hauk, V. Sabaliauskaite, I. Chubarenko, A. Ershova and G. Schernewski (2020). Marine litter pollution in Baltic Sea beaches – application of the sand rake method. Front. Environ. Sci. 8: 599978, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.599978
  • Gyraite, G., M. Kataržytė, D. Overlingė, D. Vaičiūtė, E. Jonikaitė and G. Schernewski (2020). Skip the dip - avoid the risk? Integrated microbiological water quality assessment in the south-eastern Baltic Sea coastal waters. Water 12: 3146, doi: 10.3390/w12113146
  • Schernewski, G., H. Radtke, R. Hauk, C. Baresel, M. Olshammar, R. Osinski and S. Oberbeckmann (2020). Transport and behavior of microplastics emissions from urban sources in the Baltic Sea. Front. Environ. Sci. 8: 579361, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.579361
  • Chubarenko, I., E. Esiukova, L. Khatmullina, O. Lobchuk, A. Grave, A. Kileso and M. Haseler (2020). From macro to micro, from patchy to uniform: Analyzing plastic contamination along and across a sandy tide-less coast. Mar. Poll. Bull. 156: 111198, doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111198
  • Esiukova, E., L. Khatmullina, O. Lobchuk, A. Grave, A. Kileso, M. Haseler, A. Zyubin and I. Chubarenko (2020). From macro to micro: dataset on plastic contamination along and across a sandy tide-less coast (the Curonian Spit, the Baltic Sea). Data in Brief 30: 105635, doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2020.105635