27/03/2019 10:57 AM GMT+7 TP HCM
According to a scientific publication by Dr Jenna JAMBECK, every year, between 4 and 12 million tons of plastic waste finds its way into the planet’s oceans, which is a consequence of the bad management of household waste by coastal populations. In HO CHI MINH City, Vietnam’s economic capital with a population of more than 8 million inhabitants, the increased awareness of the issue by a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development has resulted in a research programme. For the first time, the impact of plastic, on a tropical river in an emerging country, is being documented with the participation of NGUYEN Phuong Anh – IRD Vietnam Scientific advisor; Émilie STRADY, Geochemist of aquatic environment UMR IGE - IRD / CARE and KIEU LE Thuy Chung, Lecturer & researcher HCMUT-GEOPET / CARE.
From 2014, CARE-Rescif projects have been conducted in Hochiminh city and surrounding provinces. One of these joint projects is “Assessment trace metals in water and sediment in Saigon basin and study on the correlation between water and sediment”
The CARE-Rescif project “Arsenic Occurrence and Contamination in Sediment and Groundwater in An Phu District, An Giang Province”
The LMD coastal area is influenced by waves, tides, changing sediment loads from the Mekong and Saigon-Dong Nai river system, and storm surges from the East and West Sea.
Hoi An, located in central Viet Nam, around 25 kilometres south of Danang (Figure 1), is one of the most beautiful cities of Vietnam. The old town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Since October 2004, this well-known tourist site is under threat by severe erosion.
The automatic weather monitoring station* has been installed at the Asian Center for Water Research (CARE), HCM University of Technology – VNU (10.774551 of latitude and 106.661356 longitude). The CARE-HCMUT weather station records continuous measurement in real-time for key parameters such as: temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed/direction, global solar radiation and rainfall.