Microplastic and environmental data from Arctic sea ice, supplement to: Peeken, Ilka; Primpke, Sebastian; Beyer, Birte; Guetermann, Julia; Katlein, Christian; Krumpen, Thomas; Bergmann, Melanie; Hehemann, Laura; Gerdts, Gunnar (2018): Arctic sea ice is an important temporal sink and means of transport for microplastic. Nature Communications, 9(1)

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Microplastics (MP) are recognized as a growing environmental hazard and have been identified as far as the remote Polar Regions, with particularly high concentrations of microplastics in sea ice. Little is known regarding the horizontal variability of MP within sea ice and how the underlying water body affects MP composition during sea ice growth. Here we show that sea ice MP has no uniform polymer composition and that, depending on the growth region and drift paths of the sea ice, unique MP patterns can be observed in different sea ice horizons. Thus even in remote regions such as the Arctic Ocean, certain MP indicate the presence of localized sources. Increasing exploitation of Arctic resources will likely lead to a higher MP load in the Arctic sea ice and will enhance the release of MP in the areas of strong seasonal sea ice melt and the outflow gateways.

Accompanying data to the publication "Arctic sea ice is an important temporal sink and means of transport for microplastic"Includes data for microplastic concentrations and composition and ancillary data e.g. chlorophyll, POC, T, S.The backtracking of sampled sea ice is given in a shapefile see Further details reference.

Identifier
DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.886593
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03825-5
Related Identifier https://store.pangaea.de/Publications/Peeken-etal_2018/drift_trajectories.zip
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.886593
Provenance
Creator Peeken, Ilka; Primpke, Sebastian; Beyer, Birte; Guetermann, Julia; Katlein, Christian; Krumpen, Thomas; Bergmann, Melanie; Hehemann, Laura; Gerdts, Gunnar
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2018
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
Representation
Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 2758 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-8.770W, 78.767S, 42.617E, 85.085N); North Greenland Sea; Arctic Ocean
Temporal Coverage Begin 2014-06-16T15:55:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2015-08-28T06:33:00Z