Articles | Volume 23, issue 24
Research article
22 Dec 2023
Research article |  | 22 Dec 2023

Is transport of microplastics different from mineral particles? Idealized wind tunnel studies on polyethylene microspheres

Eike Maximilian Esders, Sebastian Sittl, Inka Krammel, Wolfgang Babel, Georg Papastavrou, and Christoph Karl Thomas


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1025', Anonymous Referee #1, 20 Jul 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1025', Anonymous Referee #2, 04 Aug 2023
  • AC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1025', Eike Esders, 20 Oct 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Eike Esders on behalf of the Authors (20 Oct 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Oct 2023) by Hinrich Grothe
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (08 Nov 2023)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (08 Nov 2023) by Hinrich Grothe
AR by Eike Esders on behalf of the Authors (14 Nov 2023)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Do microplastics behave differently from mineral particles when they are exposed to wind? We observed plastic and mineral particles in a wind tunnel and measured at what wind speeds the particles start to move. The results indicate that microplastics start to move at smaller wind speeds as they weigh less and are less sticky. Hence, we think that microplastics also move more easily in the environment.
Final-revised paper