Monitoring of contaminants in atmosphere and biota in Greenland

Updated 2015-09-11

The aim of the present project is to continue the monitoring of contaminants in air and biota in Greenland in order to detect temporal and geographical changes. Furthermore, temporal trend monitoring of selected biomarkers (e.g. bone mineral density and histopathological changes) in the polar bear populations will be initiated as these have shown to be sensitive to stressors such as contaminants. The project will provide the fundamental basic knowledge of temporal trends and feed into international geographical trend studies of mainly long range transport of contaminants in the atmosphere and biota to Greenland. The project will provide an important input to international convention works such as the Stockholm Convention and the Long-range Trans-boundary Air Pollution.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2014 - 2016
Data collection
2014 - 2015
Data processing
2014 - 2016
Data reporting
2016 - 2016

Contact information

Contact person
Frank Riget
Department of Bioscience University of Aarhus Frederiksborgvej 399 PO. Box 358 DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark Tel: +45 4630 1200 Tel: +45 4630 1948 (direct) Fax: +45 4630 1914 E-mail:
Tel: +45 4630 1948 (direct)
Fax: +45 4630 1914

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Heavy metals
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater fish
Marine fish
Marine mammals


Regions studied
Marine TDC

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Atmospheric TDC
Marine TDC
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Differnt biological tissues -20 C In principle stored for ever

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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