MPCOAST: MicroPlastic transport processes in the COASTal environment

MPCOAST: MicroPlastic transport processes in the COASTal environment

© LuFI (2020)
Microplastic Transport in the Large Wave Flume
Led by:  Fuhrman, David R. (PI)
Team:  Larsen, Bjarke Eltard (Project Participant); Carstensen, Stefan (Project Participant); Christensen, Erik Damgaard (Project Participant); Nils Kerpen (Project Participant); Torsten Schlurmann (Project Participant)
Year:  2020
Date:  01-07-20
Funding:  Independent Research Fund Denmark
Duration:  07/2020 - 07/2023

Youtube video produced by The Independent Research Fund Denmark describing the research project MPCOAST

© DTU (2022)
Mobilisation of microplastic by breaking waves

Primary objectives include:

  1. To identify fundamental thresholds for (i) incipient motion conditions and (ii) initiation of suspension for non-buoyant MPs mixed with bottom sediments;
  2. To extend state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) coastal models to newly incorporate specialized particle models for turbulent MP transport, setting a new standard of practice in this area by a wide margin;
  3. To elucidate and quantify key differences in cross-shore (perpendicular to the coastline) transport processes and patterns (erosion, settling, convection, turbulent diffusion, etc.) for buoyant vs. non-buoyant MP, including identification of typical depositional “hotspots” in nearshore regions.


  • Kerpen, N. B., Schlurmann, T., Schendel, A., Gundlach, J., Marquard, D., & Hüpgen, M. (2020). Wave-induced distribution of microplastic in the surf zone. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7.
  • Hasan Gokhan Guler, Bjarke Eltard Larsen, Oriol Quintana, Koray Deniz Goral, Stefan Carstensen, Erik Damgaard Christensen, Nils B. Kerpen, Torsten Schlurmann, David R. Fuhrman, Experimental study of non-buoyant microplastic transport beneath breaking irregular waves on a live sediment bed, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 181, 2022, 113902, ISSN 0025-326X,