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

Duration:
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
Project coordinated by:
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
Project manager (IOW):
Prof. Dr. habil. Gerald Schernewski
Funding:
BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
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Associated Institutions:
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu

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.