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Bergmann, Melanie; Gutow, Lars (2017): Marine Litter quantities on six Beaches of northern Svalbard in 2016 determined by citizen scientists. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Bergmann, Melanie; Lutz, Birgit; Tekman, Mine Banu; Gutow, Lars (2017): Citizen scientists reveal: Marine litter pollutes Arctic beaches and affects wild life. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 125(1-2), 535-540,

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Beaches on remote Arctic islands may be sinks for marine litter and reflect pollution levels of the surrounding waters particularly well. We provide the first quantitative data from surveys carried out by citizen scientists on six beaches of northern Svalbard. Litter quantities recorded by cruise tourists varied from 9-524 g m-2 and were similar to those from densely populated areas. Plastics accounted for >80% of the overall litter, most of which originated from fisheries. Our study highlights the potential of citizen scientists to provide scientifically valuable data on the pollution of sensitive remote ecosystems. The results stress once more that current legislative frameworks are insufficient to tackle the pollution of Arctic ecosystems.
Median Latitude: 79.850603 * Median Longitude: 17.785193 * South-bound Latitude: 78.449936 * West-bound Longitude: 11.712260 * North-bound Latitude: 80.690940 * East-bound Longitude: 24.752890
Date/Time Start: 2016-05-31T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2016-08-22T00:00:00
Alpinioya * Latitude: 80.351310 * Longitude: 24.752890 * Date/Time: 2016-08-22T00:00:00 * Location: Svalbard * Method/Device: Sampling by hand (HAND)
Brucebukta * Latitude: 78.449936 * Longitude: 11.712260 * Date/Time: 2016-05-31T00:00:00 * Location: Svalbard * Method/Device: Sampling by hand (HAND)
Crozierpynten * Latitude: 79.918580 * Longitude: 16.837680 * Date/Time: 2016-08-18T00:00:00 * Location: Svalbard * Method/Device: Sampling by hand (HAND)
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethod/DeviceComment
1Event labelEventBergmann, Melanie
2Latitude of eventLatitudeBergmann, Melanie
3Longitude of eventLongitudeBergmann, Melanie
4DATE/TIMEDate/TimeBergmann, MelanieGeocode
5Method commentMethod commBergmann, MelanieDistance to water (m)
6Sediment typeSedimentBergmann, Melanie
7Method commentMethod commBergmann, MelanieSurvey length x width (m)
8AreaAream2Bergmann, Melanie
9Marine litter, plasticPlasticg/m2Bergmann, Melanienon-fisheries
10Marine litter, plasticPlasticg/m2Bergmann, Melaniefisheries
11Marine litter, fabricFabricg/m2Bergmann, Melanieclothing
12Marine litter, metalMetalg/m2Bergmann, Melanie
13Marine litter, glassGlassg/m2Bergmann, Melanie
14Marine litter, bioticBioticg/m2Bergmann, Melanie
15Marine litter, totalMarine litterg/m2Bergmann, Melanie
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