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Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling

Objective

Long-range transport of contaminants to the Arctic, the resulting exposures observed in Arctic human populations, and impacts of such exposures on human health have been the subject of considerable work in recent years, providing a baseline against which to compare future developments. Global climate change has the potential to remobilize environmental contaminants and alter contaminant transport pathways, fate, and routes of exposure in human populations. The Arctic is particularly sensitive to climate change and already exhibits clear impacts. Research into contaminant exposure and its effects on human health in the Arctic, in comparison with other exposed populations in Europe, presents an opportunity to gain insight into changes that may later impact other areas. The influence of climate change on contaminant spreading and transfer and the resultant risk to human populations in the Arctic and other areas of Europe will be studied by: 1) Research on the ways in which climate change will affect the long-range transport and fate of selected groups of contaminants, and possible implications for the re-distribution of contaminants (geographically and between relevant environmental media). This will involve modelling, utilizing the information base that exists on the distribution of such contaminants in the Arctic and other areas of Europe; 2) Research on the impacts that changing pathways and climatic conditions will have on contaminant uptake and transfer within food webs, leading to foods consumed by humans. This will involve experimental work, process studies and targeted analytical studies, the latter focussed on supporting the modelling work and process studies related to human exposure to contaminants; 3) Research focussing on human health, aimed at determining how climate-mediated changes in the environmental fate of selected groups of contaminants will result in changes in exposure of human populations, in the Arctic and in selected areas of Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat
Address
Hjalmar Johansens Gate 14
9296 Tromso
Norway
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 345 319
Administrative Contact
Janet Pawlak (Mrs.)

Participants (20)

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 198 100
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ian Cousins (Dr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 157 499
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kaj Mantzius Hansen (Dr.)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 426
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 286 276
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Taylor (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETSSENTERET PA SVALBARD AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 177 000
Address
Sjoskrenten 1
9171 Longyearbyen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gunnar Sand (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 135
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 302 555
Address
Po Box 21060
100 31 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mats Ridner (Mr.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 389 287,20
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arto Eljander (Mr.)
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 320 700
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paal Berg (Mr.)
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 166 410
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jadran Lenarcic (Prof.)
O.A.SYS - OCEAN ATMOSPHERE SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 500
Address
Tewessteg 4
20249 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Karcher (Dr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 500
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marietta Winkler (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 155 460
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Konrad Hungerbühler (Prof.)
Masarykova univerzita
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 156 300
Address
Zerotinovo Namesti 9
60177 Brno Stred
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jana Klánová (Dr.)
FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 112 485
Address
Lovisenberggata 8
0456 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helle Katrine Knutsen (Dr.)
Northwest Public Health Research Center (Russian Ministry of Health and Sciences)
Russia
Address
Sovjetskaya 4
191031 St.petersburg,
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valery Chashchin (Prof.)
ENVIRONMENT CANADA
Canada
Address
Boulevard Saint-joseph, Place Vincent-massey 351, 8Ème Étage
K1A 0H3 Gatineau
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Derek Muir (Dr.)
FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
Canada
Address
East White Hills Road 80
A1C5X8 St John's Nf
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary A. Stern (Prof.)
HEALTH CANADA
Canada
Address
Rm 5-074, Bmo Bldg, Laurier Ave. West 269, Al4905b
K2A 1Z7 Ottawa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jay Van Oostdam (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 140 100
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tore Guneriussen (Prof.)