Рабочая группа по реализации программы арктического мониторинга и оценки

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
Measuring and monitoring pollutants and climate change effects on ecosystems and human health in the Arctic


Current Chairmanship
United States

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The AMAP Working Group is composed of Arctic States and Permanent Participants together with representatives of Observer countries and organizations. AMAP scientific assessment work is accomplished through expert groups established by AMAP.

Main tasks

  • Documenting trends and effects of pollutants
  • Documenting sources and pathways of pollutants
  • Documenting trends in key climate indicators and their environmental implications
  • Examining the impact of pollution and climate change on Arctic ecosystems and people, including health of Arctic Indigenous peoples and other residents
  • Reporting on the state of the Arctic Environment with respect to climate and pollution issues
  • Giving advice to Ministers on priority actions needed to improve Arctic conditions

AMAP also supports international processes that work to reduce the global threats from contaminants and climate change. These include the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN-Environment Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Minamata Convention on mercury, and the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.
AMAP Heads of Delegation meet in plenary twice a year to discuss priorities and projects identified in the work plan; at least one of these events is a full Working Group meeting.

AMAP’s Work

AMAP’s priorities include the following contaminant and climate-related issues:

  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging Arctic concern (CEC)
  • Heavy metals, with a particular focus on mercury
  • Short-lived climate forcers and air pollutants
  • Radioactivity
  • Plastics and micro-plastics
  • Key climate indicators related to the cryosphere (sea and land ice, snow, permafrost and more)
  • Meteorology (including extreme weather events and teleconnections with other regions)
  • Environmental and ecosystem consequences in the Arctic resulting from global climate change (including ocean acidification)
  • Effects of pollution and climate change on the health of humans living in the Arctic
  • Combined effects of pollutants and other stressors on both ecosystems and humans

Expert Groups

  • AMAP Climate Expert Group
  • AMAP Expert Group on Litter and Microplastics
  • AMAP Expert Group on Mercury
  • AMAP Expert Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • AMAP Expert Group on Radioactivity
  • AMAP Expert Group on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
  • AMAP Human Health Assessment Group
Benjamin J. D<span class="text-lowercase">e</span>Angelo
Benjamin J. DeAngelo
AMAP Chair

Rolf Rødven

Executive Secretary

AMAP Secretariat

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Featured AMAP projects

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

SAON's vision is a connected, collaborative, and comprehensive long-term pan-Arctic Observing System that serves societal needs.
Plastic litter on an Arctic coast. Photo: iStock/sodar99

Arctic Marine Microplastics and Litter

Development of a monitoring plan for microplastics and litter in Arctic waters.
iStock / zanskar

Contaminant issues: POPs and mercury

Assessing the effects of contaminants in the Arctic
Permafrost erosion in Alaska. Photo: USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson

Climate Issues: Cryosphere, meteorology, ecosystem impacts

Developing work on thresholds and extremes, Arctic/mid-latitude weather connections and performance of global models in the Arctic, with contributions from the meteorology community; and evaluating th...
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Understanding climate change impacts on Arctic ecosystems and associated climate feedbacks

Climate change is altering Arctic ecosystems and biodiversity. These changes feed back to the climate system, with a potential to dampen or accelerate local to regional changes in climate and greenhou...
USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson

Biosecurity in the Arctic

Supporting public health systems and public services in implementing a quick response to current and future biological threats related to the uncontrolled spread of highly virulent pathogens, parasite...


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AMAP news

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Time witness reports: With team support to AMAP’s success

Lars-Erik Liljelund, the second Chair of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), shares his memories and insights from his involvement in both AMAP and the...
10 Jun 2021

Mercury from outside the Arctic is polluting the region

A look at current trends, concerns and future action
10 May 2021
Credit: IISD/ENB Kiara Worth

On the heels of persistent pollutants

Persistent organic pollutants have been on the radar of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for a long time.
10 May 2021
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29 июн-30 июн 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
23 ноя-25 ноя 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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