Microplastic Survey methodology and
Live Session 2: May 25 17:00-18:00 (GMT+7)
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles up to 5mm in diameter. In the last four decades, concentrations of these particles appear to have increased significantly in the surface waters of the ocean. Concern about the potential impact of microplastics in the marine environment has gathered momentum during the past few years. The number of scientific investigations has increased, along with public interest and pressure on decision- makers to respond and the microplastic leakage from land to the ocean through waterways including rivers are getting highlighted. The Mekong River is an international river running across multiple countries, with potential plastic leakage from each city in the basin. The CounterMEASURE project conducted the microplastic survey both in the Mekong region and India which may be the first trial for the microplastic survey in these regions.
The session shall highlight the science and technology features of microplastics in waterways in the Mekong region and India. The session shares insights from the experiences of trial especially focusing on the following points;
Share the microplastic sampling methodology
Identify the mass of floating microplastics in the survey sites
Seek for plastic source and leakage pathway
Identify the plastic application hotspot
What to Learn
The participants will learn the current status of microplastic dynamics and situation at the point source of and along the Mekong and the Ganges River basins. The flow for the microplastic sampling, analysis and evaluation could be understood and necessary actions for the next step for countermeasures such as policy development and research theme could be identified.
Registration (Open Webex page)
Survey on Microplastic Leakage in the Mekong River Basin (Presentation Slide)
Survey on Microplastic Leakage in the Mekong River Basin (Survey Report)
Microplastics and their assessment in Ganga and Yamuna Basin Snapshots from Agra and Allahabad (Presentation Slide)
Recorded Session Video