Distribution of microplastics in surface water of tropical urban lakes: A case study in Ha Noi, Vietnam

Huong Mai, Van Hoi Bui, Thanh Duong Dao , Thanh Duong Nguyen, Danh Thien Nguyen, Toan Khanh Vu, Nguyen Hoang Anh Chu, Manh Quan Tran, Emillie Stragy
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  • Huong Mai University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Van Hoi Bui University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Thanh Duong Dao University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Thanh Duong Nguyen University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Danh Thien Nguyen University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Toan Khanh Vu University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Nguyen Hoang Anh Chu University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Manh Quan Tran University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Emillie Stragy Aix-Marseille Univ., Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), Marseille, Universite de Toulon, CNRS/IRD, France




microplastics, surface water, urban lake


Microplastics are nowadays considered ubiquitous pollutants since they have been found widespread in all environmental compartments, particularly in aquatic systems. In urban water bodies, municipal wastewater discharges and overflows of combined storm and wastewater drains are the sources of microplastic pollution. The investigation was performed on the distribution of microplastics in the surface water of three urban lakes: West Lake, Yen So Lake, and Bay Mau Lake, from February 2020 to January 2021. Results show that microplastics were widely and unevenly distributed in all three lakes in Ha Noi and reached a high abundance on the site of West Lake, which is most intensively surrounded by population density, restaurants/bars, and aquaculture activities. Microplastic abundance was highest in February 2020 for all three urban lakes, with 154.92 items m-3 in Bay Mau, 589.46 items m-3 in West Lake, and 139.86 items m-3 in Yen So Lake. There was a decreasing trend in the following sampling times of July, October 2020, and January 2021 (range: Bay Mau: 16.02-59.04 items m-3; West Lake: 36.51-201.08 items m-3; Yen So: 14.07-67.27 items m-3). The dominant microplastics in urban lakes were fibers with a size of 1-3 mm, while microplastic fragments were 0.045-0.3 mm2. Analysis of the chemical composition of microplastics indicated dominance by rayon (13.5-58.5%) and polyethylene terephthalate (14.1-30.8%). This study is an essential reference for understanding the characteristics of the variation in microplastics in urban lakes to reduce local microplastic pollution effectively.


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How to Cite

Mai, H., Hoi Bui, V., Duong Dao , T., Duong Nguyen, T., Thien Nguyen, D., Khanh Vu, T., Hoang Anh Chu, N., Quan Tran, M., & Stragy, E. (2023). Distribution of microplastics in surface water of tropical urban lakes: A case study in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Vietnam Journal of Earth Sciences, 45(3), 388–404. https://doi.org/10.15625/2615-9783/18595




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