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Reproducible pipelines and readiness levels in plastic monitoring

Aliani, Stefano; Lusher, Amy; Galgani, Francois; Herzke, Dorte; Nikiforov, Vladimir; Primpke, Sebastian; Roscher, Lisa; da Silva, Vitor Hugo; Strand, Jakob; Suaria, Giuseppe; Vanavermaete, David; Verlé, Katrien; de Witte, Bavo; van Bavel, Bert

Flexible decision-making tools are needed to support action plans for plastics and other pollutants. Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAPs) and technological readiness levels (TRLs) will enable systematic validation and global harmonization of plastic pollution monitoring methods. To promote and accelerate the adoption of best monitoring practices, a flexible method-validation framework based on reproducibility, replicability, and repeatability is urgently required. In this Comment, we propose the application of RAPs and TRLs as a tool to support policy and technical decisions about plastic monitoring.

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