Atmospheric mercury at Ny-Ă…lesund, Svalbard

Updated 2000-10-23

To see whether the features in the annual cycle of mercury is a local phenomena for Alert in the Canadian Arctic or also apply to larger ares in the Arctic. To quantify the concentrations/depositions of biological available mercury (reactive gaseous mercury and particulate mercury) in the Arctic environment during polar sunrise

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2002
Data collection
2000 - 2002
Data processing
2001 - 2003
Data reporting
2001 - 2003

Contact information

Contact person
Torunn Berg
Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) Instituttveien 18, P.O.Box 100 N-2007 Kjeller Norway
+47 63 89 82 49
+47 63 89 80 50

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Total gaseous mercury (TGM), Reactive gaseous mercury (RGM), Particulate mercury (TPM), Total mercury in snow


Regions studied
Atmospheric TDC
Atmospheric TDC
Stations or areas where observations are made

Mt. Zeppelin 78.55N 11.53E

Data availability

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

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

TGM: Tekran Automatic Hg-monitor TPM: High Volume Sampler, Mini traps RGM: Annual denuders/Gardis Hg-monitor

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

Lab has accreditation according to NS-EN 45001

Additional Information

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

We have a close contact with MSC-Environment Canada

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?


Other related projects

Both Canadian, US, Danish and Italian groups are working with similar activities

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