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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Cecilia
dc.contributor.authorAgusti, Susana
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-31T08:07:18Z
dc.date.available2019-07-31T08:07:18Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-17
dc.identifier.citationMartin, C., Agustí, S., & Duarte, C. M. (2019). Seasonality of marine plastic abundance in central Red Sea pelagic waters. Science of The Total Environment, 688, 536–541. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.240
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.240
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/656259
dc.description.abstractThe Red Sea holds one of the lowest concentrations of floating plastic worldwide and no evident congregation zones were identified so far, despite peculiar oceanographic features that candidate the basin as an accumulation area for floating debris. However, the Red Sea exhibits a complex pattern of surface currents, which changes according to the monsoon season, possibly affecting the abundance of plastic throughout the year. To explore the effect of seasonality on plastic concentration in surface waters, we conducted a fortnightly time series sampling, using a neuston net, for 21 months at a pelagic station in the central Red Sea, where the major seasonal overturn of the Red Sea surface circulation occurs. The estimated average abundance (±SE) was 58,563 ± 19,272 items Km−2 (73.5 ± 40.75 g Km−2), highly variable according to season, lower during the summer monsoon. Indeed, the winter monsoon pushes oceanic surface waters inside the Red Sea, transporting alongside floating plastic items, whilst surface currents exit the basin during the summer monsoon, depleting central Red Sea waters from floating plastic. Composition of plastic items also changes through time. Particularly, the higher proportion of films and foams during summer months suggests that the main source of plastic at the sampling station from June to September is a short-range transport, while during winter months, the higher contribution of small fragments indicates that, from October to May, plastic is also transported to the central Red Sea through surface currents for long distances, possibly coming all the way from the Indian Ocean.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported and funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through the baseline funding of CMD and SA. We thank the Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab. I would particularly like to thank Juan D. Martinez Ayala, Sebastian Overmans and Paloma P. Carrillo de Albornoz, for help during fieldwork.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S004896971932813X
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Science of the Total Environment, [[Volume], [Issue], (2019-06-17)] DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.240 . © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectMicroplastic
dc.subjectMarine debris
dc.subjectMonsoon
dc.subjectSurface circulation
dc.subjectRed Sea
dc.titleSeasonality of marine plastic abundance in central Red Sea pelagic waters
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science and Engineering
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalScience of the Total Environment
dc.rights.embargodate2021-06-17
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
kaust.personMartin, Cecilia
kaust.personAgusti, Susana
kaust.personDuarte, Carlos M.
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitCoastal and Marine Laboratory
dc.date.published-online2019-06-17
dc.date.published-print2019-10


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Science of the Total Environment, [[Volume], [Issue], (2019-06-17)] DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.240 . © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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