Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments

Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments

An Emerging Matter of Environmental Urgency

1st Edition - May 17, 2018

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  • Editor: Eddy Zeng
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137482
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128137475

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Microplastic Contamination in Aquatic Environments: An Emerging Matter of Environmental Urgency comprehensively illustrates the traditional and advanced technologies on sampling, identification and quantification of microplastic from different environmental media. Contributors summarize and discuss recent research on microplastic and examine studies on nano-sized plastic particles. Chapters cover a full range of microplastic research, including global distribution, detection, environmental fate, biological effects and political legislation. Users will find the book to be a comprehensive overview of microplastic research that is ideal for research and understanding on the occurrence of microplastic in aquatic environments.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of different methods for sampling, identification and enumeration of microplastics
  • Contains contributions from world experts with a diverse range of backgrounds, all brought together by a well-known, experienced editor
  • Presents information on microplastics in a unified place, with easy access for the reader


Oceanographers, Ecologists and climatologists, researchers in marine litter, ecotoxicology, marine biology or environmental science

Table of Contents

    1. Formation and Evolution of Microplastics
    2. Global Distribution of Microplastics: Abundance and Composition

    3. Contribution of Anthropogenic Activities to Microplastic Pollution
    4. Sources and Pathways of Microplastics to Freshwater Environment
    5. Sources and Pathways of Microplastics to Marine Environment

    6. Detection, Qualification and Quantitation of Microplastics in Environmental Samples

    7. Microplastics Pollution in the Marine Environment
    8. Contamination of Microplastics in the Freshwater Systems
    9. Microplastic Contamination in Estuarine System
    10. Nanoplastic Contamination in the Aquatic Environment

    11. Impacts of Microplastics on Aquatic Organisms
    12. Fate and Effect of Microplastics in the Marine Environment
    13. Fate and Effect of Microplastics in the Freshwater Systems
    14. Effects of Microplastic Discharge from WWTPs on the Receiving Waters
    15. Sorption of Persistent Organic Chemicals (POPs) to Microplastics
    16. Fate and Effects of Plastic Additives in the Environment
    17. Microplastics in the Terrestrial Environments

    18. Bioaccumulation of Microplastics in the Ecological Food Chain
    19. Microplastic Pollution and Human Health
    20. Regulations and Solutions for Microplastic Pollution Control

Product details

  • No. of pages: 424
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: May 17, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128137482
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128137475

About the Editor

Eddy Zeng

Dr. Eddy Y. Zeng is a Full Professor and Dean of the School of Environment, Jinan University, China. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California in 1992. He was employed by the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project first as Senior Scientist and then Principal Scientist for a number of years, before returning to China in 2004. His research interests include 1) intercompartmental processes and fluxes of persistent organic pollutants (POPs); 2) human exposure to persistent toxic substances and risk assessment; 3) occurrence and toxic effects of microplastics/plastics in terrestrial and aquatic environments; and 4) the utility of using passive sampler to measure freely dissolved concentrations of POPs in the aquatic environment. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Pollution and Associate Editor of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He also served as guest editors on numerous journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Dean School of Environment Jinan University China

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