Published March 16, 2023 | Version v1
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Reproducible pipelines and readiness levels in plastic monitoring

  • 1. National Research Council, Institute Marine Science, Lerici, Italy
  • 2. Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Oslo, Norway
  • 3. IFREMER, Unit RMPF, Vairao, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • 4. Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Tromsø, Norway
  • 5. Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Helgoland, Germany
  • 6. Aarhus University, Department of Ecoscience, Roskilde, Denmark
  • 7. Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, ILVO marine, Ostend, Belgium


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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