research data . Dataset . 2016

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  • Published: 15 Jan 2016
Abstract
<div><p>Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions. Here we report an estimate of the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans from 24 expeditions (2007–2013) across all five sub-tropical gyres, costal Australia, Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea conducting surface net tows (N = 680) and visual survey transects of large plastic debris (N = 891). Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for w...
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free text keywords: Uncategorised, debris dispersal, lt, marine environment, Plastic debris, 5 Trillion, sea surface, Southern Hemisphere, ocean surface, plastic particles, mm, Mediterranean Sea, Plastic Pollution, survey transects, size classes, microplastic, costal Australia, data
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