Reevaluation of microplastics identification based on Neuston net survey data

Haruka Nakano, Keiichi Uchida, Tetsutaro Aikawa, Toshifumi Hayashi, Hisayuki Arakawa

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

7 被引用数 (Scopus)


To verify data accuracy regarding microplastics (MPs), the effects of chemical preprocessing and optical identification with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were examined using survey data. We aimed to clarify the cause of overestimation of the number concentration of MPs without FTIR by focusing on shape types. The proportion of fragments (foam) decreased (increased) after FTIR analysis. Although significant difference was found in terms of the size distribution of fragments (after FTIR > before FTIR), no such difference was found with regard to foam. These findings indicate that impurities categorized as fragments via visual confirmation, especially those measuring <1000 μm, were removed using the FTIR technique. Although previous studies recommended the use of data on MPs measuring >1000 μm, this threshold should be applied only to fragments and not to foam.

ジャーナルMarine Pollution Bulletin
出版ステータス出版済み - 10月 2021

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 海洋学
  • 水圏科学
  • 汚染


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