Persistent organic pollutants in air and precipitation

Updated 2017-10-13

National Environmental Monitoring Programme in Sweden. Measurements of persistant organic pollutants in air and precipitation are carried out at Råö, Hallahus, Aspvreten, and in Pallas (Northern Finland). The monitoring programme includes measurements of: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), some pesticides (HCH, DDT) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE).

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

In co-operation with the Finnish Meteorolocal Institute (FMI), measurements are performed at Pallas in the far North of Finland close to the Swedish border.


The number of stations and their location as well as the frequency of measurements varies over time.

Time frame

Project time span
1994 - 2099
Data collection
1994 - 2017
Data processing
1994 - 2017
Data reporting
1994 - 2017

Contact information

Contact person
Eva Brorström-Lundén

Swedish Environmental Research Institute(IVL) Box 530 21, 400 14 Göteborg Sweden,

Other project contacts

Katarina Hansson Swedish Environmental Research Institute(IVL) Box 530 21, 400 14 Göteborg Sweden, Phone: +46107886830, E-mail:

Tove Lundeberg (AMAP representative) Swedish Environmental Protection Agency S-106 48 Stockholm, Sweden, Phone:+46106981611, E-mail:

Parameters and Media

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

PAH (12 substances), Fenantren, PCB (7 congenes), HCB, Brominated flame retardants (PBDE),fluorated retardans, PFAS (14), pesticids (HCH, DDT), Endosulfan, Aldrin, Heptaklor, Atrazin, Diuron, Isoproturon, HCH,Chlordane, trans-nonachlor in bulk precipitation and air/aerosol.


A full list of substances is available in the description of the national environmental monitoring subprogram (in Swedish): (


Regions studied
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Petroleum hydrocarbons
Stations or areas where observations are made

Pallas (North of Finland: lat: 67.967N,Long: 24.117) in AMAP area. Sweden: Aspvreten (Lat: 58.801, Long:17.382), and Råö (La: 57.3937, Long: 11.9142), Hallahus

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?

Results are available directly from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI): (

Specified data can be requested by e-mail to

For more information contact Eva Brorström-Lundén, Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Box 53021, 400 14 Göteborg, Sweden, Phone:+46107886780; E-mail:,

References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

Publications on IVLs website: (

Publications are also available on the Swedish EPA DiVA portal: (

Report: Air & Environment 2015 - Arctic: (

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.

All analyses are performed at the accredited laboratory at IVL according to CLTRAP-EMEP's recommendations. Data format, quality and methods are linked to the IVL.s website:

Description of the national environmental monitoring subprogram (in Swedish): (

Description of methods (in Swedish): (

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

Finnish Meteorolocal Institute (FMI); Swedish EPA

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

The data are reported to EU (CLRTAP)and European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP), OSPAR-CAMP and SMHI.

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