Monitoring of the effects of air pollution and climatic change on lakes

Updated 2013-01-26

Monitoring of the water quality reflecting long-range transboundary air pollution including acidifying compounds, metals and POPs, and climatic change. Part of the sites are also including in biological monitoring. Monitoring sites are the most upland lakes and they are not under any significant human impact. Information is distributed to the UN Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. Monitoring is managed by Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE).

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project
Comments and additional information:

Project previously under name "Acidification Monitoring of Lakes in Lapland". Finnish NIP Implementation report (1994) comments: This previously initiated national project is of similar scope to that of AMAP and will therefore provide data suitable for assessment.

Time frame

Project time span
1990 -
Data collection
1987 -
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
1997 -

Contact information

Contact person
Jussi Vuorenmaa
Finnish Environmental Institute. Mechelininkatu 34a PL 140 00260 Helsinki
+358 400 148 765

Parameters and Media

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

Lake water Stream water


Regions studied
Other metals/elements
Other metals/elements
Other metals/elements
Other areas
Stations or areas where observations are made

A network of monitored lakes across the country, 8 lakes or ponds in Lapland.

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data is stored in the Finnish Environment Institute. Data format: Tables
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Stoddard, J.L., Jeffries, D.S., Lükewille, A., Clair, T., Dillon, P.J., Driscoll, C.T., Forsius, M., Johannessen, M., Kahl, J.S., Kellogg, J.H., Kemp, A., Mannio, J., Monteith, D., Murdoch, P., Patrick, S., Rebsdorf, A., Skjelkvåle, B.-L., Stainton, M.P., Traaen, T., van Dam, H., Webster, K., Wieting, J. & Wilander, A. 1999. Regional trends in aquatic recovery from acidification in North America and Europe 1980-95. Nature 401:575-578. Mannio, J. 2000. Principles of monitoring the acidification of lakes. In: Heinonen, P., Ziglio, G., Van der Beken, A. (eds.). Hydrological and limnological aspects of lake monitoring. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. p. 247 255. ISBN 0 471 89988 7. Nyberg K., Vuorenmaa J., Rask M., Mannio J., Raitaniemi J. 2001. Patterns in water quality and fish status of some acidified lakes in southern Finland during a decade: Recovery proceeding. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 130: 1373-1378.
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.

-water quality analysis from a water sample six times a year.

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

Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

UN Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE/CLTRAP).

Other related projects

Monitoring of pollutants in fish and sediment

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