Microplastics in urban runoff: Global occurrence and fate

Wang, Chengqian, O'Connor, David, Wang, Liuwei, Wu, Wei-min, Luo, Jian and Hou, Deyi (2022) Microplastics in urban runoff: Global occurrence and fate. Water Research, 225. p. 119129. ISSN 0043-1354

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Public concerns on microplastic (MP) pollution and its prevalence in urban runoff have grown exponentially. Huge amounts of MPs are transported from urban environments via surface runoff to different environment compartments, including rivers, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, and oceans. The global concentrations of MPs in urban runoff range from 0 to 8580 particles/L. Understanding the sources, abundance, composition and characteristics of MPs in urban runoff on a global scale is a critical challenge because of the existence of multiple sources and spatiotemporal heterogeneity. Additionally, dynamic processes in the mobilization, aging, fragmentation, transport, and retention of MPs in urban runoff have been largely overlooked. Furthermore, the MP flux through urban runoff into rivers, lakes and even oceans is largely unknown, which is very important for better understanding the fate and transport of MPs in urban environments. Here, we provide a critical review of the global occurrence, transport, retention process, and sinks of MPs in urban runoff. Relevant policies, regulations and measures are put forward. Future global investigations and mitigation efforts will require us to address this issue cautiously, cooperating globally, nationally and regionally, and acting locally.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Microplastics, Urban runoff, Global occurrence, Pollution, Sink
Divisions: Real Estate and Land Management
Depositing User: Dr David O'Connor
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2022 13:52
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 14:08
URI: https://rau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16553

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