Microplastics Fingerprinting project launches new website

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Microplastics illustration

The Microplastics Fingerprinting research project team, led by Water Institute member Philippe Van Cappellen, principal investigator, professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology, are excited to announce the launch of a new project website. 

The website, and associated project, are in response to plastics pollution, a global and growing environmental hazard with potentially far-reaching consequences for food webs, biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being because their small size which enhances their mobility, toxicity, and capacity to leach potentially dangerous contaminants.

The Microplastics Fingerprinting at the watershed scale: from sources to receivers project seeks to better understand the sources, transport, fate and exposure risks of microplastics. More specifically, the project will analyze the reactivity and breakdown of microplastics in river systems and reservoirs, quantify the loads of microplastics delivered to the lower Great Lakes, optimize microplastics elimination in wastewater treatment plants, and determine the abundance and diversity of microplastics in drinking water sources. In doing so, the project will inform program and policy approaches that can mitigate risks posed by plastic debris in the environment.    

The new website will publish research updates and findings to collaborators, other microplastics researchers, and those who are interested in identifying science-informed strategies for addressing this challenge. The website features an overview of the project’s objectives and easy-to-navigate menus that allow readers to learn more. The News section allows visitors to access timely content such as publications, events and workshops as well as knowledge mobilization and communications products.  

If you would like to receive updates about the microplastics project, please subscribe to their bi-monthly newsletter. 

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