Monitoring of bioaccumulating compounds in terrestrial environment and environmental specimen banking

Updated 2000-10-30

The monitoring is focused on risk assessment of LRTAP -type substances in terrestrial foodchains of the Boreal and subarctic environment. The concentration levels in precipitation, in the soil humus and in the indicator species (e.g. red woodants, common shrew) are studied annually in the seven areas locating in the Southern, Middle and Northern Finland. Possible gradients and changes in concentration levels between the Southern and Northern environments will be a part of the base data for risk assessment and pollution development in Finland.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1997 -
Data collection
1997 -
Data processing
1997 -
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Jaakko Mannio
Finnish Environment Institute Mechelininkatu 34a 00260 PL 140 Helsinki
+358 400 148 604

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Heavy metals
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Terrestrial mammals
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Red woodants


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

Northern Finland stations include: Oulanka Pallas Kevo

Data availability

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

Samples stored in freezer.

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.

- chemical analysis include: DDT, PCB, lindane, mercury, led and cadmium.

Additional Information

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

Monitoring of pollutants in fish and sediment

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