Pollution in aquatic environments

Human activities deeply affect aquatic ecosystems.

Garbage dump near urban areas in Patagonia. Part of this garbage ends in the aquatic systems.

In this work we analyzed different types of anthropogenic pollution, using as examples some particular ecosystems, including Patagonian coastal areas. The main types of environmental problems that we included in this work are the discharge of effluents, increases in terrigenous materials and nutrients, heavy metals, oil spills and plastic pollution.

The article was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment (click to the page)

Complete reference

Häder, D.-P., A.T. Banaszak, V.E. Villafañe, M.A. Narvarte, R.A González & E.W Helbling. 2020. Anthropogenic pollution of aquatic ecosystems: Emerging problems with global implications. Science of the Total Environment, 713: 136586.


This work was supported byAgencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (ANPCyT), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and Fundación Playa Unión.