Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

Quick Facts

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

Establishment
1991

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
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AMAP Secretariat

Email
+47 21 08 04 80

Featured AMAP projects

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Contaminant issues: POPs and mercury

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

Climate Issues: Cryosphere, meteorology, ecosystem impacts

AMAP is further 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. T...
USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson

Biosecurity in the Arctic

This project will contribute to supporting public health systems and public services in implementing a quick response to current and future biological threats related to the uncontrolled spread of hig...

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)

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

Arctic Marine Microplastics and Litter

AMAP is developing a monitoring plan for microplastics and litter in Arctic waters.

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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
Credit: Kari Mäenpää

Ten years of sustained Arctic observing

The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. In order to understand the effects on ecological and socio-economic systems, as well as to implement mitigation and adaptation meas...
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021
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Events

June
29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
November
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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