Global Emission Inventory for Hg

Updated 2000-10-23

Our knowledge of mercury fluxes on a global scale is still incomplete. Estimates indicate that Europe and North America contribute less than about 25 % to the global anthropogenic emissions of the element to the atmosphere. The majority of the remaining emissions originate from combustion of fossil fuels, particularly in the Asian countries including China, India, and South and North Korea. Even less and very controversial information is available on emissions of mercury from natural sources, including volatilization of the element from terrestrial and aquatic surfaces. In general, it is assumed that natural emissions of the element are about 3000 t/year, thus contributing more 60 % to the total global emissions of mercury. However, much work needs to be done in order to verify the above estimate.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1999 - 2000
Data collection
1995 -
Data processing
1995 -
Data reporting
1995 -

Contact information

Contact person
Jozef Pacyna
Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NILU P.O. Box 100 Instituttveien 18 NO-2027 Kjeller Norway
+47 63 89 81 55
+47 63 89 80 50

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Arctic, Circumpolar
Other areas
Northern Hemisphere

Data availability

If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Emission database at NILU. Data are currently available to AMAP from NILU by e-mail.
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
NILU: OR 7/2000 Ref.: O-99096 Date: MARCH 2000 ISBN: 82-425-1154-3
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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