NOAA/ARL Barrow Arctic Mercury Study (BAMS)

Updated 2000-06-30

Investigators are currently measuring elemental gaseous mercury resulting from long range transport, and reactive gas mercury which is produced locally. Models have been developed for both elemental gaseous mercury surface concentrations and the reactive gaseous mercury species concentrations found to be functions of UVB input and mixing turbulence. Reactive gaseous mercury concentrations measured in springtime are the highest concentrations ever measured anywhere on the globe. Nighttime concentrations approach zero; daytime concentrations may be as high as 900 pg/m3. A manuscript is being submitted to Science.

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

FY2000: $80K from NOAA, $50K from EPA. FY2001: $50K from EPA, nothing from NOAA.

Time frame

Project time span
not specified
Data collection
- 2000
Data processing
- 2000
Data reporting
- 2000

Contact information

Contact person
Steve Brooks
Air Resources Laboratory NOAA 456 S. Illinois Ave. P.O. Box 2456 Oak Ridge, TN 37831 USA
+1 865-576-9148
+1 865-576-1327
Other project contacts
Dr. Steve Lindberg Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
None specified

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

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

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NOAA Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research EPA Office of International Affairs

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