Arctic Ocean 2016 - Microplastics in the Arctic Ocean


This study is part of the collection Arctic Ocean 2016

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

La Daana Kanhai - Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre


This dataset contains data collected during the Canadian-Swedish expedition Arctic Ocean 2016. The research cruise took place August through September 2016, using the icebreaker Oden.

For ship data from the cruise, as well as graphics and files describing the route, see

For descriptions of Work Packages and research conducted during the cruise, see the SWEDARCTIC Arctic Ocean 2016 Expedition Report:

Additional information on the expedition, including links to publications, is available at

Work Package: Physical Oceanography (CTD)

Work Package: Heavy Metals Monitoring

Microplastics in the world’s oceans pose a potential threat to organisms that depend on the marine environment. In order to effectively assess this threat, information regarding the presence of these particles in the marine environment is particularly important. To date, there is a particular paucity of information regarding microplastics in Polar

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Responsible department/unit

Marine and Freshwater Research Centre

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Time period(s) investigated

2016-08-08 – 8-09-20

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Arctic

Published: 2019-10-08
Last updated: 2019-10-15