The Final Event of the Net4mplastic project will be held in person at the University of Ferrara
Date: 27th-28th June 2022
New Technologies for macro and Microplastic Detection and Analysis in the Adriatic Basin
3.3: Improve the environmental quality conditions of the sea and coastal area by use of sustainable and innovative technologies and approaches
University of Ferrara - Department of Physics and Earth Sciences
Local, regional and national public authorities
Regional and local development agencies
Associations, innovation and environmental agencies
Education and training organizations as well as universities and research institutes
The NET4mPLASTIC project aims to collect data on the distribution and composition of the Microplastic along the Croatian and Italian coastal and marine areas. A numerical model will simulate the marine transport processes of the Microplastic in the Adriatic Sea to identify possible Microplastic concentration zones in the pilot areas according to fluvial discharge and marine conditions. The drone images will be used to identify the presence of plastic, while some other parameters will be measured in real time by installing a specific platform on boats or on marine drones. Sampling will be done at the river mouth, in marine environment, on the beach and collecting biota samples. Chemical and biological analysis will identify the Microplastic, possible origin of the Microplastic and possible health impacts.
VIA LUDOVICO ARIOSTO, 35
Ferrara - Italy
The University of Ferrara is composed by 13 departments and ensures an excellent level of education and a wide-range of research activities. The wide-range of research activities are driven by the main societal challenges and are coherent with national, international and global research priorities. Three departments are involved in the project: Physic and Earth Sciences (lead partner), Engineering and Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, providing multidisciplinary skills.
Contact person: Corbau Corinne
University of Trieste - Department of Engineering and Architecture
The Department of Engineering and Architecture is one of the largest structures in the University of Trieste. It includes many research groups, which have been involved in countless projects and research activities on a wide range of topics. The Department has about 50 thematic and technical laboratories and is involved in many research projects at national and international level, with almost 2 M€ of funds received in the last two years by EU direct and indirect programs.
Contact person: Chiara Schmid
Marche Region - Protection of the Sea and Administrative Penalty
The Environmental remediation, Energy resources, Waste management, Quarries and mines Unit is in charge of the regional system of waste management and planning. It manages local and international projects on waste prevention. To cope the different activities, the Head of Department appointed an interdisciplinary working group. Equipped with an oceanographic model MR is involved in the monitoring, defense and protection of coastal areas and in the management and prediction of oil spill pollution.
Contact person: Leonardo Balestra
Hydra Solutions Srl
HYDRA SOLUTIONS srl is an italian company able to provide engineering services mainly for environmental and maritime sectors, and to develop custom instrumentation and data acquisition systems for meteo-marine data, water quality data and geophysical data. Other relevant skills are related to:
• Custom software for data management and visualisation in GIS and ENC applications
• Systems simulations and data modelling
• Knowledge of logistic, safety and operational aspects.
Contact person: Daniele Calore
Prosoft is ICT and consulting company with more than 20 years of experience in offering complete information engineering services including: management and consultancy services for information system development, communication engineering and networking, consulting and technical support for IS management and training services for users. Prosoft has references from different business sectors health institutions, educational institution, food industry, IT industry, transport and maritime sector.
Contact person: Nelida Pogačić
Veterinary Public Health Institute of Abruzzo and Molise Regions
The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” is a public health institute of the State and Abruzzo-Molise Regions providing knowledge and innovation in animal health, veterinary public health and environment protection, to safeguard animals and human health. The Research Center Marine Ecosystems and Fishing of Termoli operates in fishery hygiene, marine ecosystems through research, laboratory, diagnostics, technical assistance and advice to stakeholder.
Contact person: Nadia Barile
Teaching Institute For Public Health, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Teaching Institute of Public Health of Primorsko-Goranska County is a health institution which conducts public health activities in the area of Primorsko-Goranska County. It represents an expert, but also teaching preventative public health institution, which is turning into a university scientific regional institute with the goal of providing a higher level of public health care for the wider region, which besides Primorsko-Goranska County includes the neighbouring counties
Contact person: Lina Velčić
Public Institution RERA S.D. for coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County
PI RERA SD for Coordination and Development of Split Dalmatia County is multidisciplinary institution established by Split-Dalmatia County (2009) with the aim of efficient coordination of regional development, development and implementation of projects financed through EU, national and regional funds. The goal is to be the link between public, private & civil sector in building-up of strategic partnerships in application & implementation of projects contribute to rising of life standard.
Contact person: Marijana Čular
University of Split - Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodes
UNIST-FGAG has a strong experience in environmental sciences and particularly in environmental monitoring and modelling of water resources in coastal area using remote sensing and airborne hyperspectral imaging. Through several projects from EU FP7 and World Bank, UNIST-FGAG also gained expertise in modelling the pollution transport within estuaries and coastal zone, delineating the pollution hot spots and developing flood risk maps for the coastal zone.
Contact person: Roko Andricevic
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The quality of a project depends largely on an adequate composition of its partnership, able to pool all skills and competences of relevant institutions in order to achieve the set of project results, having the capacity to create strong links to target groups addressed by the project.
Download Net4mplastic documental deliverables in this section.
D.2.1.1_D.2.2.1 - Partnership Management and Communication Manual_Communication Plan
D.2.2.1 - Partnership Management and Communication Manual_Communication Plan
D.2.2.2 - Media communications Press conference and Article published
D 3.1.1 - a - Bibliographic Report on monitoring approach Marine litter and Microplastics
D 3.1.1 - d - Literature Review Laboratory analysis and new technologies for marine litter and microplastics identification
D 3.1.1 - e - Literature Review new technologies for marine litter and microplastics identification remote sensing possibilities.
D 3.1.1 - Review on methodologies for MP detection and sampling in water sediment and biota on the techniques used to assess MP typology...
D 3.1.2 - Realization of legislation guidelines for monitoring MP
D 3.2.1 - Report of the results of the previous EU projects on MP and data collection related to plastic and MP in the northern Adriatic basin_ANNEX1
D 3.2.1 - Report of the results of the previous EU projects on MP and data collection related to plastic and MP in the northern Adriatic basin_ANNEX2
D 3.2.1 - Report of the results of the previous EU projects on MP and data collection related to plastic and MP in the northern Adriatic basin_ANNEX3
D.3.2.1 - Report of the results of the previous EU projects on MP and data collection related to plastic and MP
D.3.2.2 - Implementation of the numerical model and first results obtained with a 3D transport model calibrated for microplastics
D 3.3.4 - EWS Hardware and other software Components Specifications design
D. 3.4.1 - Guidelines and indicators editing for proper consumption of mussel and shellfish
D.4.1.1 - Sediments samplings, river and sea water samplings and biota sampling from the 4 macro-areas
D.4.1.2 - Physical data (topography, bathymetry, temperature, salinity, etc…) and drone images
D.4.2.1 - Better knowledge on the transport processes during specific events and in particular on the distribution and quantification of plastic and microplastic occurrence in the pilot sites
D.4.2.2 - Collection of plastic and microplastic items and identification of the plastic and origin by characterization of the different plastic polymers
D.4.2.2 Annex 1 – Identification and classification of plastic debris via Image analysis and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Raman Spectroscopy
D.4.2.2 Annex 2 – Identification and classification of plastic debris via Image analysis and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
D.4.2.2 Annex 3 – Identification and classification of plastic debris via Image analysis and Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
D.4.2.3 - Recycling method for collected unsorted microplastic
D.4.2.4 - MP contamination and correlation between the presence of PCBsDioxinsPAHs and MPs in bivalves
D.4.2.4 - n. Annex 1 - MP contamination and correlation between the presence of PCBsDioxinsPAHs and MPs in bivalves
D.4.3.1 - Development of a model for the identification of plastic and MP sources and accumulation sites with the assessment of the modelling chain performance to be used for implementing the EWS and the integrated platform
D.4.3.2 - Identification of possible MP accumulation sites both on a climatological and event specific base
D.4.3.3 - Better knowledge on MP diffusion after extreme events, emanation of the EWS
D.4.3.4 - Annex 2 - Alternative methodology for volunteer observers _ User Manual English Version
D.4.3.4 - Annex 3 - Alternative methodology for volunteer observers _ User Manual Italian Version
D.4.3.4 - Annex 4 - Alternative methodology for volunteer observers _ User Manual Croatian Version
D. 4.4.1_Determination of fate of MPs within cells_Supplementary Material
D. 4.4.2_Determination of the effects of contaminants at single cell level
D. 4.4.2_Determinationof the effects of contaminants at single cell level_Supplementary Material
D. 4.4.3 - Evaluation of clearance gut rate in bivalves for risk assessment associated with their consumption
D 5.1.1 - Data Centre Hardware and Network Facility for test bed (Hardware)
D 5.2.5 - n. Annex 3 - Datasheet Conductivity digital sensor C4E
D 5.2.5 - n. Annex 5 - User Manual Conductivity digital sensor C4E
D.5.3.1 - Data Centre Hardware and Network Facility implemented
D.5.3.2 - Remote Units and Data Centre Communication Test Procedure and Report
D 5.4.1 - u. Annex 3 - D.4.3.4 - Formulation and testing of a methodology for the collection and reporting of MacroPlastic items at sea by the volunteer observers
Here you can find the official project documents.
In this section you can find useful tools.
Software platform available at www.net4mplastic.net. As part of the NET4mPLASTIC Project, a software web-GIS platform with time and spatial information has been developed to approach an integrated view of the micro and macro plastics distributions in the Adriatic Sea.
The functionalities provided by the software platform include:
- The visualization on a web-GIS map of the prediction model data related to meteo-marine conditions
of the latest 5 years in specific Adriatic Sea areas (test sites areas of the Net4mPlastic project);
- The visualization on a web-GIS map of the seasonal trend of microplastic coastal distributions and
related main sources;
- The uploading and visualization of survey campaigns data related to the collection of beach and sea
surface micro and macro plastic data, and chemical-physical parameter of sea water;
- The uploading and visualization of laboratory data analysis results;
- The export of all data indicated above in excel or text format;
- The visualization of georeferenced pictures of macroplastic (marine litter);
- The production of a periodical bulletin indicating eventual critical conditions of microplastic coastal
More information in the attached file