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Data set name

Micro-plastic - Cilician Basin (since 2014)

Data holding centreInstitute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University
CountryTurkey  Turkey
Time period2014
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Cilician Basin, IMS-METU beach

Observations 
Parameters

Litter abundance and type

Instruments

Plankton nets; sediment grabs; sieves and filters

Description 
Summary

Sediment, sea surface and water column samples were evaluated for presence of micro-plastic particles along the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey (Cilician basin) in the framework of the MERMAID Project Pilot Study (http://www.mermaid-era.eu/) in 2014. Sampling was performed at 19 stations in June 2014. Amount and composition of micro-plastic particles, accumulated on the top of the shore (strand line), was determined for a model area located in Cilician Basin (METU-IMS beach) sampled monthly in 2014. Fieldwork was performed with plankton nets and Van Veen Grab at sea stations and with sieves at the beach. Laboratory analysis was performed with a stereo microscope. Image analysis was done with computer software. For two micro-plastic size groups (5 - 1 mm and 1 mm - 200 µm) the amount (number of particle per known area / volume), distribution (difference between the areas with different environmental characteristics), composition (classification by physical characteristics of the particles - colour/material), and size (Feret diameter) were determined.

OriginatorsInstitute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University
Availability 
OrganisationInstitute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University
AvailabilityOrganisation
ContactOlgac Guven (Researcher)
Address

Institute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University
P.O.Box 28
Erdemli
Mersin
33731
Turkey

Telephone+90 (324) 5212406
Facsimile+90 (324) 5212327
Emailolgac@ims.metu.edu.tr
Administration 
Collating centreInstitute of Marine Sciences, Middle East Technical University
Local identifier40001019
Global identifier6165
Last revised2015-05-20