Microplastics in India

Taking water samples in Indian river Copyright: © IWW

In 2019, IWW staff in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India, took samples from various streams and conducted an analysis of microplastic pollution. This has now resulted in a joint publication.

  View from a bridge on a river Copyright: © IWW

New publication in cooperation with IITM in India on microplastics

Supported by the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), sampling was carried out in cooperation with the IITM in Chennai, India, on different freshwater systems to analyse microplastic contamination.

The entry and following accumulation of microplastics in the environment is currently a much discussed topic. In order to understand the transport and sedimentation within the environment, analysing environmental samples is very important. One area that has hardly been studied so far arerivers in the south of India. Supported by travel grants from the IGCS and local staff at the Department of Ocean Engineering at IITM, Kryss Waldschläger and Simone Lechthaler were able to take water surface samples from three different streams in November 2019. The focus was on different anthropogenic influences, which is why two rivers were sampled in the megacity of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and one rural river in Munnar (Kerala).

Pubished in:

Water 2021, Ausgabe 13(12), 1648

"Baseline Study on Microplastics in Indian Rivers under Different Anthropogenic Influences" by Simone Lechthaler, Kryss Waldschläger, Chavapati Gouse Sandhani, S.A. Sannasiraj, V. Sundar, Jan Schwarzbauer and Holger Schüttrumpf, Juni 2021, https://doi.org/10.3390/w13121648.