17 Mar 2021
CLAIM explained: Modelling plastic transport from terrestrial sources to ecosystem services and key habitats
Towards the aim of preventing marine litter to enter the sea, CLAIM is utilising various innovative technologies, created to maintain and prevent marine litter to enter the sea. The various approaches that the project is using are targeting the monitoring and removal of macro and microplastic particles. As such, CLAIM works towards the prevention of marine plastic pollution.
Here, we present an infographic specifically designed to showcase the work of the project’s team involved with the modelling of plastic transport from terrestrial sources to ecosystem services and key habitats. The scope is to review and summarise the mode and impact of macro and microplastic pollution on organism’s vital rates and habitat quality. Fulfilling this task calls for the project experts to identify ecosystem services under threat from macro and microplastic pollution in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas. Along with this, applying forecasting and modelling tools to identify areas where the proposed intervention will impact the visible and invisible plastic pollution is necessary. By assessing the impacts of human activities on ecosystem services, a clearer understanding can be gained of the trade-offs between these activities and ecosystem services. Macro and microplastics litter is a clear example of a threat coming from human activity.
In an interactive and intuitive manner, this infographic illustrates the process of modelling plastic transport from terrestrial sources to ecosystem services and key habitats and the relation of this process to CLAIM’s innovative technologies.