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Trash on Arctic beach: Coastal pollution along Calypsostranda, Bellsund, Svalbard

Jaskolski, M, Pawlowski, Ł, Strzelecki, M, Zagorski, P and Lane, TP (2018) Trash on Arctic beach: Coastal pollution along Calypsostranda, Bellsund, Svalbard. Polish Polar Research (2). ISSN 0138-0338

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Abstract

Beach pollution is one of the most common hazards in present-day anthropogenic environments. Even in the remote Svalbard Archipelago, pollution impacts the beach system and can pose environmental threats. The significant increase in human activity observed in Svalbard over the last 20–30 years has resulted in a visible change in the amount of coastal pollution. A 5 km long transect of modern beach developed along Calypsostranda (Recherchefjorden, Bellsund) was surveyed in the summer of 2015 in order to characterize the beach pollution. During the survey 296 pieces of trash were found on beach surface. 82% of found trash was plastic, followed by glass (8%), and metal (5%). The comparison with previous pollution survey showed the significant increase of plastic waste in local beach environment. Similar problem has been recently recorded in other parts of Svalbard suggesting an urgent need for coastal pollution monitoring.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0403 Geology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Versita
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2018 15:14
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 03:31
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8947

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