Analysis of Microplastic Concentrations in Runoff

  • Kimberly Kroetch MacEwan University


This project will use data collected by the city of Calgary between May and September 2017 and Dr. Matthew Ross's group at MacEwan University. The data is composed of roughly 150 observations and close to 22 variables that describe the chemical composition of microplastic concentrations in runoff samples. The goal of the project is to determine whether there is any statistical evidence that suggests the microplastic concentrations have common factors or are of the same type. Several different types, sizes, and colours of microplastics were considered. After an initial data analysis, different statistical procedures were used to identify potential relationships between different factors, with a focus on the effect of various land use types on the concentrations of microplastics.


Faculty Mentor: Brian Franczak and Matthew Ross

Department: Statistics