What is TRAMP?

The presence and effects of plastics in the aquatic environment have raised considerable concerns over the past years. Governmental agencies, water managers, food safety authorities and plastic producers face uncertainties with respect to abundance and effects of plastics in the environment, which hampers the development of sustainable solutions and feeds alarm within the public opinion.

The TRAMP project aims at (a) developing technologies to detect nano- and microplastics in environmental samples, (b) developing technologies to assess fate, hazards and effects of plastic in the freshwater environment including the possible abatement options, and (c) providing a prospective assessment of the present and future risks of plastic in the freshwater environment. Nano- and microplastic effect studies will range from the biological level of individual species to field communities and full food webs. The novel detection and transport modelling technologies will be utilised for monitoring purposes as defined in national and international regulatory frameworks. They will also be used to identify sources of plastic in order to optimize emission reduction policies. The assessment of fate, effects and risk will assist sustainable production of plastics and will inform policymakers and the public on the urgency of the problem. The TRAMP project is integrated with a suite of related projects focusing on the marine environment.  

Nanoplastics are a 1,000 times smaller than an algal cell.

Plastic microplarticle found in surface waters.