Expected Achievements

  • New information about the chemical characteristics and environmental behaviour of representative contaminants in Arctic conditions.
  • Model results describing the transport of chemical contaminants from source regions to the Arctic, and their fate, including uptake in food webs, under selected climate scenarios.
  • Compilations of data and information providing an overview of exposure of Arctic populations to contaminants at the present time, and how this may change in the future due to climate change.
  • Compilations of data and results of past and current health studies of human populations in several areas of the Arctic, and their analysis with respect to the potential health impacts of contaminant exposure.
  • Comparison of information from Arctic health studies with results of studies of contaminant effects on populations in other selected areas of Europe.
  • Evaluation of policy measures that could be taken at the European level to reduce exposure to contaminants and associated health effects in the Arctic and in Europe under changing climatic conditions.
  • Materials to communicate ArcRisk project results to key stakeholders.

Financial Support

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ArcRisk is a project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities.

Grant agreement: 226534

Project budget: 4.74 million Euro (EU contribution 3.5 million Euro)

Project duration: June 2009 - November 2013

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Consortium partners include:

Aarhus UniversitetAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchCSICETHEnvironment Canada
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaHealth CanadaIGSLancaster UniversityMasaryk University
Max Planck Institute for ChemistryNILUOASYSStockholm UniversityunisSwedish Environmental Research Institute
Uni of OuluUni of Tromsoniph
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