Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 77–86, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-77-2020
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 77–86, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-77-2020

Data description paper 13 Jan 2020

Data description paper | 13 Jan 2020

Hyperspectral ultraviolet to shortwave infrared characteristics of marine-harvested, washed-ashore and virgin plastics

Shungudzemwoyo P. Garaba and Heidi M. Dierssen

Data sets

Spectral reference library of 11 types of virgin plastic pellets common in marine plastic debris S. P. Garaba and H. M. Dierssen https://doi.org/10.21232/C27H34

Spectral reflectance of washed ashore macroplastics S. P. Garaba and H. M. Dierssen https://doi.org/10.21232/ex5j-0z25

Spectral reflectance of dry and wet marine-harvested microplastics from Kamilo Point, Pacific Ocean S. P. Garaba and H. M. Dierssen https://doi.org/10.21232/r7gg-yv83

Spectral reflectance of dry marine-harvested microplastics from North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean S. P. Garaba and H. M. Dierssen https://doi.org/10.21232/jyxq-1m66

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Short summary
As remote sensing is becoming more integral in future plastic litter monitoring strategies, there is need to improve our understanding of the optical properties of plastics. We present spectral reflectance data (350–2500 nm) of wet and dry marine-harvested (Atlantic and Pacific oceans), washed-ashore, and virgin plastics. Absorption features were identified at ~ 931, 1215, 1417 and 1732 nm in both the marine-harvested and washed-ashore plastics.