Arctic species have evolved biochemical, physiological and ecological traits specific for surviving in the harsh Arctic environment. Pollutants can be toxic, or interfere with biological processes through other mechanisms, thus reducing their fitness and causing resultant changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Effects can occur at all biological organization levels, from the subcellular level to the ecosystem level.
Uptake, biotransformation and excretion of pollutants in Arctic organisms
Effects of pollutants in organisms in relation to the specific Arctic environmental conditions
Effects of pollutants on organismal acclimatization and adaptations to the Arctic environment
How effects can propagate from the subcellular level to population, community and ecosystem levels
How climate change and pollutants may interact in affecting Arctic organisms and ecosystems
Specific ecotoxic effects of the major classes of pollutants, such as persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals, petroleum oil, and novel man-made pollutants, on Arctic organisms
The susceptibility of Arctic organisms and ecosystems to pollutants as compared to other organisms and ecosystems
Effects of pollutants on humans in the Arctic
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|Institution||University Centre in Svalbard|
|Fields of study||Biology and biochemistryEnvironmental scienceEngineering and engineering trades (others)|