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dc.contributor.authorTanentzap, Andrew J.
dc.contributor.authorCottingham, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorFonvielle, Jérémy
dc.contributor.authorRiley, Isobel
dc.contributor.authorWalker, Lucy M.
dc.contributor.authorWoodman, Samuel G.
dc.contributor.authorKontou, Danai
dc.contributor.authorPichler, Christian M.
dc.contributor.authorReisner, Erwin
dc.contributor.authorLebreton, Laurent
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-14T19:11:41Z
dc.date.available2021-09-14T19:11:41Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-14
dc.date.submitted2021-06-24
dc.identifier.issn1544-9173
dc.identifier.otherpbiology-d-21-01687
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/328001
dc.description.abstractPollution from microplastics and anthropogenic fibres threatens lakes, but we know little about what factors predict its accumulation. Lakes may be especially contaminated because of long water retention times and proximity to pollution sources. Here, we surveyed anthropogenic microparticles, i.e., microplastics and anthropogenic fibres, in surface waters of 67 European lakes spanning 30° of latitude and large environmental gradients. By collating data from >2,100 published net tows, we found that microparticle concentrations in our field survey were higher than previously reported in lakes and comparable to rivers and oceans. We then related microparticle concentrations in our field survey to surrounding land use, water chemistry, and plastic emissions to sites estimated from local hydrology, population density, and waste production. Microparticle concentrations in European lakes quadrupled as both estimated mismanaged waste inputs and wastewater treatment loads increased in catchments. Concentrations decreased by 2 and 5 times over the range of surrounding forest cover and potential in-lake biodegradation, respectively. As anthropogenic debris continues to pollute the environment, our data will help contextualise future work, and our models can inform control and remediation efforts.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.subjectShort Reports
dc.subjectEarth sciences
dc.subjectEcology and environmental sciences
dc.subjectSocial sciences
dc.subjectPeople and places
dc.titleMicroplastics and anthropogenic fibre concentrations in lakes reflect surrounding land use
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-09-14T19:11:41Z
prism.issueIdentifier9
prism.publicationNamePLOS Biology
prism.volume19
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.75452
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-08-10
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1371/journal.pbio.3001389
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
datacite.contributor.supervisoreditor: Koelmans, Albert
dc.contributor.orcidTanentzap, Andrew J. [0000-0002-2883-1901]
dc.contributor.orcidCottingham, Samuel [0000-0002-6360-8326]
dc.contributor.orcidFonvielle, Jérémy [0000-0002-8077-2419]
dc.contributor.orcidWalker, Lucy M. [0000-0001-5488-0443]
dc.contributor.orcidWoodman, Samuel G. [0000-0001-9725-5867]
dc.contributor.orcidKontou, Danai [0000-0002-0773-9540]
dc.contributor.orcidPichler, Christian M. [0000-0001-7686-7215]
dc.contributor.orcidReisner, Erwin [0000-0002-7781-1616]
dc.identifier.eissn1545-7885
pubs.funder-project-idh2020 european research council (804673)
pubs.funder-project-idisaac newton trust (19.23(s))
pubs.funder-project-idengineering and physical sciences research council (EP/S025308/1)


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