ERL特刊精选|Focus on Plastics from Land to Aquatic Ecosystems

04 7月 2023 gabriels



  • Tim van Emmerik,荷兰瓦赫宁根大学与研究中心
  • Daniel González-Fernández,西班牙加迪斯大学
  • Charlotte Laufkötter,瑞士伯尔尼大学
  • Martin Blettler,阿根廷国家科学技术研究委员会
  • Amy Lusher,挪威卑尔根大学
  • Rachel Hurley,挪威水研究所
  • Peter Ryan,南非开普敦大学



Plastic pollution of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is of growing concern, due to its negative impact on ecosystem health and human livelihood. Examples include ingestion and entrapment of aquatic life, economic losses through damage to vessels, and increased urban flood risk through blocked urban water systems. The majority of marine plastic pollution is assumed to originate from land-based sources. However, exact sources, sinks, and pathways remain unclear. Reliable (long-term) data and a better fundamental understanding of plastic transport from land into aquatic ecosystems are crucial to optimize prevention, mitigation and clean-up strategies.

This focus issue aims to collect contributions that investigate the transport of plastic pollution from land-based sources into the aquatic environment (rivers, lakes, estuaries, oceans). We aim to bring together findings from studies across scales (micro to macro), ecosystems (land, river, lakes, estuaries), and approaches (modeling and observations). Papers may present results from new modeling and monitoring methods, plastic pollution risk assessments, and quantitative plastic transport estimates.



Focus on plastics from land to aquatic ecosystems

Tim H M van Emmerik et al 2023 Environ. Res. Lett. 18 040401


Topical review

Biodegradable plastics in aquatic ecosystems: latest findings, research gaps, and recommendations

Laura Ribba et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 033003



Categorization of plastic debris on sixty-six beaches of the Laurentian Great Lakes, North America

Ian A Arturo and Patricia L Corcoran 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 045008


Environmental context and socio-economic status drive plastic pollution in Australian cities

Qamar Schuyler et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 045013


Litter origins, accumulation rates, and hierarchical composition on urban roadsides of the Inland Empire, California

Win Cowger et al 2022 Environ. Res. Lett. 17 015007


Hydrologic controls on the accumulation of different sized microplastics in the streambed sediments downstream of a wastewater treatment plant (Catalonia, Spain)

Henar Margenat et al 2021 Environ. Res. Lett. 16 115012


Plastic transport in a complex confluence of the Mekong River in Cambodia

Charlotte J Haberstroh et al 2021 Environ. Res. Lett. 16 095009


Global simulations of marine plastic transport show plastic trapping in coastal zones

Victor Onink et al 2021 Environ. Res. Lett. 16 064053


Plastic in global rivers: are floods making it worse?

Caspar T J Roebroek et al 2021 Environ. Res. Lett. 16 025003


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