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

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.

Coordinator

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat

Address

Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 345 319

Administrative Contact

Janet Pawlak (Mrs.)

Participants (20)

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STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 198 100

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 157 499

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 157 426

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 286 276

University Centre in Svalbard

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 177 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 119 135

IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 302 555

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 389 287,20

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 320 700

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 166 410

O.A.SYS - OCEAN ATMOSPHERE SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 155 460

Masarykova univerzita

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 156 300

FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 112 485

Northwest Public Health Research Center (Russian Ministry of Health and Sciences)

Russia

ENVIRONMENT CANADA

Canada

FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA

Canada

HEALTH CANADA

Canada

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 140 100

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226534

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 731 432,88

  • EU contribution

    € 3 499 052,20

Coordinated by:

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat

Norway

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