Meteorological Synthesizing Centre - East (MSC-E)

is one of the international research Centres of the EMEP programme operating under the LRTAP Convention of UNECE.

The Centre focuses its efforts on model assessment of the environment pollution with various toxic substances.

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Contribution to UNEP Global Mercury Assessment

MSC-E continues cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). A new Global Mercury Assessment 2018 is now under development in accordance with the request of the UN Environment Governing Council (Decision 27/12). MSC-E takes part in the assessment coordinating work of an international group of experts focused on modelling of mercury pollution on global and regional scales.

Cooperation with Helsinki Commission

In the framework of cooperation with the Helsinki Commission, MSC-E performs regular evaluation of airborne pollution load of HMs and POPs to the Baltic Sea. This work is carried out in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) and is based on the long-term EMEP/HELCOM contract.

In 2018 this activity was focused on the evaluation of Pb, Cd, Hg, PCDD/F and PCB-153 pollution of the Baltic Sea. Results of the assessment were summarized in the Joint report of the EMEP Centres for HELCOM [Bartnicki et al., 2017] and presented in the indicator fact sheets.

Case study for Poland

The Centre co-operates with Parties to the Convention in the framework of heavy metal pollution assessment on a country scale. In 2018 a case study for Poland has been completed. An analysis of the country's heavy metals pollution included a model estimate of concentration levels in the air and cadmium deposition with improved spatial resolution, an estimate of national anthropogenic emissions, distribution of Cd deposition sources in various regions of the country, including contributions from different emission sectors. A special attention of the country-scale study for Poland was paid to assessment of heavy metal pollution of cities.  Results of the study were published in a special joint MSC-E & IER-NRI & EGAR & CHMI Technical Report 5/2018.

 

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