Mercury is emitted to the atmosphere from natural and anthropogenic sources such as volcanic activities and burning of fossil fuel. In the atmosphere, Hg is transported to pristine environments, such as the Arctic Ocean, where it accumulates as methylmercury in aquatic food webs to concentrations that are of concern for human to wildlife health. The aim of this project is to evaluate data on gaseous mercury (Hg) in ambient outdoor air collected during the Arctic 2018 expedition using the Swedish icebreaker Oden as platform. Back trajectories of air masses from adjacent European areas will be used in order to trace origins of Hg and local and regional point sources. This project is done in collaboration with Lisa Gustafsson och Josefin Gunnarsson (masterstudents, Chalmers University of Technology).

Contact information

Visiting addresses:

Geovetenskapens Hus,
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, Stockholm

Arrheniuslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16, Stockholm (Unit for Toxicological Chemistry)

Mailing address:
Department of Environmental Science
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Press enquiries should be directed to:

Stella Papadopoulou
Science Communicator
Phone +46 (0)8 674 70 11

Project Info

Project start: 2019

Funded by

Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (granted SIMO-application to S. Jonsson) and Stockholm University