Updated 2004-03-02

The 2004-2007 scientific research program CHIMERPOL II consists in improving the results obtained during the CHIMERPOL I programme around three main ideas: 1-Understand physico-chemical processes of oxidation of elemental gaseous mercury in the atmosphere during Mercury Depletion Events (MDE) in Corbel, Svalbard from 2004 to 2007 with a continuous monitoring station for gaseous mercury and its speciation, 2-Evaluate deposition and emission fluxes of mercury above the Arctic snow pack by a continuous monitoring of these fluxes in Corbel, Svalbard and in Station Nord, Greenland, from 2005 to 2007. 3-Determine the Air-Snow-Firn-Ice transfer function for mercury and its speciation with a complete balance of mercury in the different compartments in Summit, Greenland from 2006 to 2007.

Time frame

Project time span
2004 - 2008
Data collection
2003 - 2004
Data processing
2003 - 2004
Data reporting
2003 - 2004

Contact information

Contact person
Christophe FERRARI
Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement 54, rue Molière BP 96 38402 Saint Martin d'Hères cedex-France
+33 4 76 82 42 00
+33 4 76 82 42 01

Parameters and Media

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


Regions studied

Data availability

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
1. Ferrari, C.P., Dommergue, A., Veysseyre, A., Planchon, F. and Boutron, C.F. (2002) Mercury speciation in the french seasonal snow cover. The Science of the Total Environment, 287, 61-69. 2. Dommergue, A., Ferrari, C.P. Planchon, F. and Boutron, C.F. (2001) Influence of anthropogenic sources on Total Gaseous Mercury variability in Grenoble suburban air (France). The Science of the Total Environment, 297, 203-213. 3. Dommergue, A., Ferrari, C.P. and Boutron, C.F. (2002) First investigation of an original device dedicated to the determination of gaseous mercury in interstitial air in snow. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 375,106-111. 4. Dommergue, A., Ferrari, C.P., Poissant, L. and Boutron, C.F. (2003) Diurnal cycles of gaseous mercury within the snowpack at Kuujjuarapik/Whapmagoostui, Québec, Canada. Environmental Science and Technology, 37, 3289-3297. 5. Dommergue A., Ferrari C.P., Gauchard P.A., Boutron C.F., Poissant L., Pilote M., Jitaru P. and Adams F. (2003) The fate of mercury species in a sub-arctic snowpack during snowmelt. Geophysical research Letters, 30, 1621, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017308. 6. Ferrari, C.P., Dommergue, A. and Boutron, CF. (2004) Profiles of mercury in the snow pack at Station Nord, Greenland shortly after polar sunrise. Geophysical research Letters, 31, L03401, doi: 10.1029/2003GL018961. 7. Ferrari C.P., Dommergue A., Boutron C.F., Skov H. and Jensen B. (2004) Night production of Elemental Gaseous Mercury in interstitial air of snow in Station Nord, Greenland during polar sunrise. Atmospheric Environment, in press. 8. Gauchard P.-A., Ferrari C.P., Poissant L., Gueheneux G., Dommergue A., Boutron C.F., Fourcade M.-C., Baussand P. (2004) Modification in size distribution of particles during a mercury depletion event at Kuujjuarapik/Whapmagoostui, Québec (Canada). Submitted to Geophysical Research Letters.
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?
Specimen banking information

Snow samples and filters are stored in the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement at -25°C.

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.

see Ferrari, C.P., Moreau, A.L. and Boutron, C.F. (2000) Clean conditions for the determination of ultralow levels of mercury in ice and snow samples. Fresenius Zeitschrift für Analytische Chemie, 366, 433-437.

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

Other institutes involved in the project: Torunn Berg, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Kjeller, Norway ; Dr. Ralf Ebinghaus, G.K.S.S., Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Institut für Küstenforschung / Physikalische und Chemische Analytik, Geesthacht, Germany.

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