LAboratory for Marine Physics (LAMP) is a subdivision of the Atlantic
Branch atlantic.ocean.ru of P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology ocean.ru , one of the
largest research institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences www.ras.ru.
Located by the
Baltic Sea, the Laboratory enjoys the opportunity of year-round investigations of hydrophysical
processes in the sea, as well as contamination of its waters, bottom and beach sediments by
plastic litter and microplastics particles.
The key topics under investigation are the microplastic
contamination of the marine environment and the role of the Cold Intermediate Layer in general
overturning circulation of the Baltic Sea. Physical oceanography, applied mathematics, and
numerical modeling compose educational background of all the laboratory members.
In our research, the sea-going expeditions, shore-based observations, beach monitorings are
complemented by in-door investigations: laboratory experiments in the 10-m long laboratory
flume, in the settling column, in the freezing chamber; microplastics extraction (NOAA, MPSS)
and identification (microscopes, Raman); numerical modeling (MIKE3-FlowModel; set of
original 2d-hydrodynamic models; artificial neural networks).
- MARBLE-Boundaries: Boundary conditions for problems of transport and fate of microplastics particles in the marine environment (RSF 19-17-00041)
- BalticLitter: Litter rim of the Baltic Sea coast: monitoring, impact, and remediation (ERA.Net RUS Plus Call 2017 – Science & Technology; RFBR 18-55-76001)
- Baltic CIL: The core of the Baltic CIL: examining hypotheses of its formation (RFBR 19-05-00717)
- The presence, transfer and accumulation of particles of foamed plastics in the coastal zone of the Baltic Sea (RFBR project No. 19-45-393006)
- MOTION: Microplastic aggregation and transfer in marine food webs (Swedish Institute, Third Country Participation in the Baltic Sea region programme)
- FLOTSAM: Floating Litter and its Oceanic Transport Analysis and Modelling (SCOR WG153)