Monitoring of long range transboundary air pollution, greenhouse gases, ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation

Updated 2016-06-13

The main objective is to quantify the levels of air pollution in the artctic, and to document any changes in the exposures. It includes the necessary components to address impacts on ecosystems, human health, materials and climate change. 

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1973 -
Data collection
1973 -
Data processing
1973 -
Data reporting
1973 -

Contact information

Contact person
Camilla Fossum Pettersen Wenche Aas

The programme is finanzed by the Norwegian Environment Agency and The Ministry of Climate and Environment. Contact person: Camilla Fossum Pettersen (

The programme is operated by Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) on behalf of the Norwegian Environment Agency and . Contact persons:

Wenche Aas ( for long range transboundary air pollution
Cathrine Lund Myhre ( for greenhouse gases
Pernilla B Nizzetto ( for contaminats
Tove Svenby ( for ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation

+47 6389 8000

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Acidification parameters
Climate change effects
Heavy metals
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied
Atmospheric TDC
Atmospheric TDC
Atmospheric TDC
Atmospheric TDC
Atmospheric TDC
Stations or areas where observations are made

Zeppelin Observatory in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard

Alomar Observatory at Andøya (Contaminats only)

Trollhaugen Observatory (In Anarctica -Aerosols, Contaminats and UV/Ozone)

About 15 sites with various degree of measurements at the mainland in Norway

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Data centres
Atmospheric TDC
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?

All data, including metadata.

Data availability and access

Data can be downloaded from

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

Aas, W., Platt, S., Solberg, S., Yttri, K.E. (2015) Monitoring of long-range transported air pollutants in Norway, annual report 2014. Kjeller, NILU (Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-367/2015) (NILU OR, 20/2015).

Nizzetto, P.B., Aas, W., Warner, N. (2015) Monitoring of environmental contaminants in air and precipitation, annual report 2014. Kjeller, NILU (Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-368/2015) (NILU OR, 19/2015).

Myhre, C.L., Hermansen, O., Fiebig, M., Lunder, C., Fjæraa, A.M., Stebel, K., Platt, M., Hansen. G., Svendby, T., Schmidbauer, N., Krognes, T. (2015) Monitoring of greenhouse gases and aerosols at Svalbard and Birkenes in 2014 - Annual report. Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-454/2015 (26/2015) 

Svendby, T.M., Edvardsen, K., Hansen, G.H., Stebel, K., Dahlback, A. (2015) Monitoring of the atmospheric ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation. Annual report 2014. Miljødirektoratet rapport, M-366/2015 (18/2015) 

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.
  • Main variables in precipitation: Inorganic compounds (SO4, NO3, NH4, Na, Mg, Ca, K, Cl, pH, conductivity)
  • Main variables in air: Inorganic compounds (SO4, sNO3, sNH4, Na, Mg, Ca, K) with filterpack.
  • Organic mass, SO4, NO3, NH4 in PM2,5 with a ToF-ACSM monitor
  • O3, NOx, CO
  • Heavy meatals : As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Pb, Ni, V, Zn.
  • POPs in air: Heksahlorcykloheksane (HCH, 2 isomers), chlordanes (4 isomers), heksachlorbenzene (HCB), DDT (6 isomers), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB, 32 congeneers) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs, 38 components).
  • Greenhouse gases: CO2,CH4, N2O and ca 20 Halogenated compounds 
  • Optical properties of aerosols with Aethalometer, sun photometer (PFR) and aerosol optical depth (AOD). 

QA/QC Information (what QA/QC procedures are implemented, laboratories involvment in QA/QC activities, model verification/validation routines, etc.)

accredited lab methods and reference methodologies in field and lab developped in CEN, EMEP, WMO/GAW, ACTRIS

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 Environment Agency
The Ministry of Climate and Environment
NILU -Norwegian Institute for Air Research)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

The national programme supports the

  • European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)
  • Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) programme under the World meterological organisation (WMO)
  • Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan (Stockholm Convention Global Monitoring Plan)
  • The Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) 
  • Arctic Monitoring and evaluation programme (AMAP)
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