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dc.contributor.authorSorensen, Melina Rose
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-16T00:41:28Z
dc.date.available2021-11-16T00:41:28Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-16
dc.date.submitted2021
dc.identifier.urihttps://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/25193
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-17010
dc.description.abstractMicroplastics are ubiquitous in the world's oceans and have negatively impacted marine biota and ecosystem health. The Salish Sea, an inland sea ranging from Vancouver to Puget Sound, is an ecologically significant ecosystem. This study determined the areas in the Northern Salish Sea in which microplastics are likely to accumulate and subsequently where they are likely to cause ecological harm. Modelling and weighted raster analysis was performed using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Areas of highest risk were identified, four key ecological areas of concern in relation to the results were investigated, and the potential impacts of microplastics on two key sensitive species (southern resident killer whales and Chinook salmon) were discussed. By identifying vulnerable areas and where microplastics are likely to accumulate, the results could be helpful for conservation managers, fisheries management, and natural resource managers.
dc.subjectGIS
dc.subjectMarine Risk Assessment
dc.subjectMicroplastics
dc.subjectSalish Sea
dc.titlePredicting the ecotoxicological impacts of microplastics in the Northern Salish Sea - a novel approach to marine risk assessment using GIS
dc.date.updated2021-11-16T00:41:30Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
dc.degree.nameM.Sc. in Environment and Management
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Environment and Sustainability


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