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dc.contributor.advisorSakellariadou, Fani
dc.contributor.advisorΣακελλαριάδου, Φανή
dc.contributor.authorSampatakakis, Vasileios
dc.contributor.authorΣαμπατακάκης, Βασίλειος
dc.publisherΠανεπιστήμιο Πειραιώςel
dc.rightsΑναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ελλάδα*
dc.rightsΑναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ελλάδα*
dc.titleMicroplastic pollution in Saronicos (including the use of FT-IR spectroscopy)el
dc.typeMaster Thesisel
dc.contributor.departmentΣχολή Ναυτιλίας και Βιομηχανίας. Τμήμα Ναυτιλιακών Σπουδώνel
dc.description.abstractENThis study delves into the ubiquitous presence of plastic, now designated as key indicators of the distinct historical era called "The Plasticene." The durability of plastics and their fragmentation into microplastics have raised concerns about global environmental issues. Microplastics, which result from the decomposition of larger plastic debris, signify the Anthropocene with widespread global distribution and diverse origins, including everyday items. They pose challenges in understanding their behavior in marine and coastal environments, because they accumulate in various reservoirs. Impacts are shifting to the ingestion of microplastics, which act as vectors for contaminants. Plastic pollution extends to humans through trophic transfer, potentially causing adverse health effects. Concerns include indirect economic impacts, safety issues, and damage to human activities. Various polymer types contribute to plastic pollution, so precise methods are needed to accurate investigate microplastic pollution. The exponential growth of global plastics production requires urgent research to quantify contamination and assess its impact, emphasizing the importance of informed management solutions for marine ecosystems and human health. This study highlights the pervasive issue of microplastics in marine environments by presenting their characteristics, distribution, and impacts. Below, the origin and types of plastic are clarified, the term plastic is defined and the transition from plastics to microplastics is explained. The focus then shifts to the identification of polymer types, the characterization of microplastics in terms of particle size, shape, and color, and the understanding of the relationship between these characteristics and abundance. The transport of microplastics is explored in depth, covering factors affecting abundance and distribution, distribution in ocean surfaces, and their presence in terrestrial ecosystems. Additionally, the study investigates the weathering degradation of microplastics in the ocean, shedding light on the persistence of these pollutants. The impacts of microplastics on marine ecosystems has been investigated, with a focus on the exposure through gills, ingestion, and the transferability of these particles up to the food chain. The study also assesses the broader impacts on the environment and human health, highlighting the interconnectedness of marine and human ecosystems. In addressing the management of microplastics, the study explores mitigation strategies, biodegradation, and mineralization methods. The development of sampling protocols for microplastics at the sea surface is detailed, covering the environmental setting of sampling areas, methods and techniques in aquatic environments, and various microplastic analysis methods. The importance of quality control, contamination minimization, and data interpretation and analysis are underscored, with validation of microplastic quality control and analysis methods. The study concludes by emphasizing the significance of investigating microplastics to understand their distribution, abundance, and environmental effects. Identified knowledge gaps in the field pave the way for future research, while best practices for reducing microplastic pollution and strategies for education and public engagement are proposed. The comprehensive exploration culminates in a call for urgent action and informed management solutions to safeguard marine ecosystems and human health from the escalating threat of microplastic pollution.el
dc.contributor.masterΒιωσιμότητα και Ποιότητα στη Θαλάσσια Βιομηχανίαel
dc.subject.keywordEnvironmental issuesel

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