Monitoring pollution of air and precipitation in Arctic Russia

Updated 2001-03-20

Stationary systematic observations of pollution in atmospheric air and precipitation. During 2000, observations of contaminant levels in atmospheric air in the cities of Murmansk, Nickel, Monchegorsk, Salekhard and Norilsk were conducted. Monitoring of sulphur and nitrogen compounds in air and precipitation was continued at the above locations and also at Yaniskosky (Kola peninsula) and Pinega (Arkhangelsk region) under the EMEP programme framework. Observations of CO2 were continued at the Teriberk station. Observations of the chemical content of atmospheric precipitation were carried out at 5 stations in the Arctic network of stationary observations: in the Krasnoshelye settlement area (Kola peninsula), Naryan-Mar (Pechora river area), Dikson Island, Turuhansk (Yenisey river area), and Kusyur settlement area (Lena river). Under a joint Russian-Canadian-AMAP project, monitoring of POPs and (from 2001) mercury in air at the Amderma site is conducted.

This is a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

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

Contact information

Contact person
Yuri S. Tsaturov
Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Novovagankovsky Street 12 123242 Moscow Russia
+7 095 252 24 29
+7 095 255 24 00

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Heavy metals
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled


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

Contaminant levels in urban air: Norilsk - dust, SO2, CO, NO, NO2, formaldehyde, hydrogen sulphide, phenol, chlor, benz(a)pyrene, heavy metals Murmansk - dust, SO2, CO, NO, NO2, formaldehyde, mercury, benz(a)pyrene, heavy metals Monchegorsk - dust, SO2, CO, NO, NO2, formaldehyde, benz(a)pyrene, heavy metals EMEP monitoring: Yaniskosky (Kola peninsula) and Pinega (Arkhangelsk region) - SOx, NOx Trace gas monitoring: Teriberk - CO2 Preciptiation monitoring: Krasnoshelye settlement area (Kola peninsula), Naryan-Mar (Pechora river area), Dikson Island, Turuhansk (Yenisey river area), and Kusyur settlement area (Lena river) - contaminants in precipitation Background air monitoring: Amderma - POPs (2000/2001) and mercury (from 2001)

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Atmospheric TDC
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
EMEP data, and Amderma data on POPs and mercury, are reported to AMAP TDC at NILU Other data will be made available to AMAP in summarised form
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.

Stationary observations of contaminant levels in air in Russian cities: Sampling 4 times per day at 6 hr intervals (1:00, 7:00, 13:00 and 19:00 hours Moscow time) using filters and adssorbing tubes. EMEP programme: Sampling air and precipitation according to EMEP protocols CO2 monitoring: 4 times per month. Air samples analysed at the Major Geophysical Observatory - Voeykov Precipitation monitoring undert he stationary observation network: Integrated precipitation samples every month POPs and mercury in air: Filter plugs for POPs split for analyses by SPA 'Typhoon' and Canadian partner laboratories. Mercury by Tekran.

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

Amderma site operated under Russian-Canadaian-AMAP joint cooperation (Canadian partner: Meteorological Service of Canada)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Relevant data reported to EMEP

Other related projects

Other projects concerning EMEP monitoring Canadian project on monitoring at Amderma

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