Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 19, 2211–2234, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2211-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2211–2234, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2211-2022
Research article
25 Apr 2022
Research article | 25 Apr 2022

Modelling submerged biofouled microplastics and their vertical trajectories

Reint Fischer et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-236', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-236', Anonymous Referee #2, 25 Oct 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on bg-2021-236', Anonymous Referee #3, 31 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Dec 2021) by Stefano Ciavatta
AR by Delphine Lobelle on behalf of the Authors (03 Jan 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 Jan 2022) by Stefano Ciavatta
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Jan 2022) by Stefano Ciavatta
RR by Miguel Angel Morales Maqueda (31 Jan 2022)
ED: Publish as is (01 Mar 2022) by Stefano Ciavatta
AR by Delphine Lobelle on behalf of the Authors (09 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Since current estimates show that only about 1 % of the all plastic that enters the ocean is floating at the surface, we look at subsurface processes that can cause vertical movement of (micro)plastic. We investigate how modelled algal attachment and the ocean's vertical movement can cause particles to sink and oscillate in the open ocean. Particles can sink to depths of > 5000 m in regions with high wind intensity and mainly remain close to the surface with low winds and biological activity.
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