Quantifying and reducing uncertainty in model calculations of global pollution fate

Updated 2017-05-03

The main objective of the project is to describe quantitatively with model calculations the global distribution behaviour of persistent organic contaminants, and to establish credibility in the results of these simulations.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1997 -
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Frank Wania

WECC Wania Environmental Chemists Corp. 27 Wells Street Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5R 1P1

+1-416-516 6542
+1-416-516 7355

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater sediments
Higher plants
Marine sediments
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports

Wania, F., D. Mackay. The global distribution model. A non-steady state multi-compartmental mass balance model of the fate of persistent organic pollutants in the global environment. Technical Report and Computer Program on CD-ROM, 21 pages (2000). Wania, F., D. Mackay, M.S. McLachlan, A. Sweetman, K.C. Jones. Global Modelling of Polychlorinated Biphenyls. In: S. Kalhok (Ed.) Synopsis of Research Conducted under the 1998/99 Northern Contaminants Program. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Ottawa, Canada (1999). Wania, F., D. Mackay 1999. Global chemical fate of a-hexachlorocyclohexane. 2. Use of a global distribution model for mass balancing, source apportionment, and trend predictions. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 18, 1400-1407. Wania, F., D. Mackay, Y.-F. Li, T.F. Bidleman, A. Strand 1999. Global chemical fate of a-hexachlorocyclohexane. 1. Evaluation of a global distribution model. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 18, 1390-1399.

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.

Zonally averaged multi-compartmental fate and transport model formulated in terms of fugacity

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

Canadian Environmental Modelling Centre, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

Northern Contaminants Program, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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