Monitoring of long-range transboundary air pollution, effects in water

Updated 2012-07-26

To detect changes in concentrations of chemical parameters in surface waters (rivers and lakes) related to changes in anthropogenic deposition input from longrange transboundary air pollution, in particular sulpur and nitrogen. The results are used as a basis to understand the biological responses to changes in acid deposition input.

Time frame

Project time span
1980 -
Data collection
1980 -
Data processing
1980 -
Data reporting
1980 -

Contact information

Contact person
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At Norwegian Protection Control Authority (NPCA): Ola Glesne ( The programme is operated by Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) on behalf of NPCA. Contact person: Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle (
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Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Norway, continental

Data availability

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.

The monitoring programme includes measurements of: - Cations: Ca, Mg, Na, K, NH4, Al (rective Al, Inaorganic and organic bound) - Anions: Cl, SO4, NO3, PO4 - Other: Organic Carbon (TOC), Total N

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

Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NPCA), Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

NIVA is directly involved in sampling, analyses and reporting Networks: Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE LRTAP), International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring Effects of Air Pollution on Rivers and Lakes (ICP Waters), International Cooperative Programme (ICP) on Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystems (ICP IM), International Cooperative Programme on Modelling and Mapping of Critical Levels and Loads and Air Pollution Effects, Risks and Trends (ICP M&M), EU Water framework directive (EU Water directive)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

No, only data on concentrations and effects

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