Long distance pollen transport in the Arctic: 1. Greenland

Updated 2004-02-19

The submitted proposal aims to perform the monitoring of the pollen rain in the Greenland atmosphere by distinguishing the local pollen production, relatively low, from pollen grains originating from other Arctic areas. A regular monitoring of the atmospheric pollen content must be performed in order to evaluate the amount emitted and characterise the seasonality of the emission. A comparison with air mass trajectories must allow the modelling of long distance transport

Time frame

Project time span
2000 - 2005
Data collection
2000 -
Data processing
2000 -
Data reporting
2000 -

Contact information

Contact person
Denis-Didier Rousseau
Universite Montpellier II, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, Equipe Paleoenvironnements, case 61, place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France
+33 467 14 46 52
+33 467 04 20 32

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Climate change effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Higher plants
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.



Regions studied
Climate change effects
Climate change effects
Stations or areas where observations are made

Kangerlussuaq, Narsarsuaq, Qaanaaq, Ittoqqortoormiit

Data availability

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Rousseau, D.D., Duzer, D., Cambon, G., Jolly, D., Poulzen, U., Ferrier, J., Schevin, P. and Gros, R., 2003. Long distance transport of pollen to Greenland. Geophysical Research Letters 30, 1766. Rousseau, D.D., Duzer, D., Etienne, J.L., Cambon, G., Jolly, D., Ferrier, J., and Schevin P. (2004) Pollen record of rapidly changing air trajectories to the North Pole. J. Geophys. Res. (in press)
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.

The program will consist in: shipping the filters and the material necessary (envelops, bags, stickers) to return the exposed filters to Montpellier; analyze the filters from the installed stations; feed the EPILOBE pollen database. compare the different results from Greenland, with other datasets available in Montpellier or in Canada Considering the small amount of pollen concentration recorded, our experience from more southern stations allows us to plan the change of the filters A each two weeks and each week for filters B with out any sealing off which would limit the efficiency of the trap. These are 78 filters which will be then exposed in each station per year, that is 400 filters

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

Evaluating the pollen long distance transport is performed with the HYSPLIT model from NOAA

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

Danish meteorological Institute and the Radio-Sonde Service

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

IPEV (Institut Polaire Paul Emile Victor)

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