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Generic Model Simulations of speading of marine pollutants in the Arctic environment during the 21st Centrury

Final Report Summary - GMS application (Generic Model Simulations of speading of marine pollutants in the Arctic environment during the 21st Centrury)

The 'Generic Model Simulations (GMS) of spreading of marine pollutants in the Arctic environment during the 21st Century' (GMS application) project represents the first time simulations of global change scenarios have been created for the 21st century regarding the for potential spreading of radioactive contaminants in the Arctic Ocean from European and land-based sources in Siberia.

The development of methods for risk assessment using mathematical simulation models are extremely important, especially for the anthropogenic waste concerned with persistent organic pollutants (POPs), industrial chemicals (PCP's) and heavy metals. Accordingly, the overall objective is to demonstrate and promote the use of an existing GMS for simulations of industrial pollution spreading in the marine Arctic environment in order to support the management of environmental risks associated with man-made changes.

This objective will be implemented through:

- assessment and demonstration of the extended GMS applications for simulations of the spreading and distribution and fate of major pollutants in the marine Arctic environment;
- organisation and holding of thematic expert workshop for demonstration and promotion of GMS use for monitoring of different pollutants in the Arctic;
- reporting, publication and dissemination of project results, including one book manuscript;
- simulation of a Radioactive Spreading in the Arctic with detailed GMS description and its applications on wide range of contaminant spreading in the Arctic region.

The project sought to increase the efficiency of future environmental monitoring and scientific research and to support the management of environmental risks associated with man-made changes and industrial pollution in the Arctic marine environment.

The project has made a significant contribution to research or research-based policy development at the regional and national level in Russia, Norway and the Ukraine through the implementation of assessment and demonstration of the extended GMS applications for simulations of the spreading and distribution and fate of major pollutants in the marine Arctic environment. As a result of the main event of the project, namely the Thematic Expert Workshop in St. Petersburg, the new scientific consortium in the area of the contaminant spreading study in the Arctic region was established.

The project promoted international cooperation between Russian, Ukrainian, Norwegian and other European scientists.

information on the project was disseminated through a special project web-site on the Internet and will be made available by selling the book. When published, it will be circulated to participants of activities conducted in the framework of this Specific Support Action (SSA) project. The project web-site was established early in the project to maintain an information flow to the potential user community and will develop after finishing the project. The results of the project will be also published in the international peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences, in the related scientific/technical literature dedicated to such fields as environmental management, nuclear energy, marine ecology, etc. In this respect the application potential of the project will be communicated to a very wide potential user community.

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