EMEP continues long-term co-operation with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). Currently, MSC-E participates in the on-going AMAP Assessment of the Arctic pollution by Hg providing the results of model simulations and contributing to preparation of the report. In particular, the Centre processes and illustrates multi-model simulations of Hg pollution levels in the Arctic based on both previous [AMAP/UN Environment, 2019] and new simulation results. Four chemistry transport models for Hg take part in the study – GLEMOS (EMEP/MSC-E), GEOS-Chem (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), GEM-MACH-Hg (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada), DEHM (Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Denmark). The modelling results are evaluated against measurements of Hg0 air concentration and wet deposition in the Arctic and adjacent areas.

Co-operation with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme on assessment of heavy metal and POP pollution is strategic direction of the EMEP activities that leads to mutual outreach, information-sharing and, ultimately, improvement of the pollution assessment. 

 

AMAP Assessments and other other projects related to heavy metals and POPs

AMAP/UN Environment [2019] Technical Background Report for the Global Mercury Assessment 2018. Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Oslo, Norway/UN Environment Programme, Chemicals and Health Branch, Geneva, Switzerland. viii + 426 pp including E-Annexes.

Arctic Pollution 2011 - Mercury in the Arctic
Technical Background report to the Global Atmospheric Mercury Assessment (AMAP/UNEP, 2008)
Assessment of Long-range Transport of Hg, PCBs and y-HCH to the Russian North (EMEP/MSC-E Technical Report, 2003)
AMAP Assessment 2002 - Heavy Metals in the Arctic