Long range transport of contaminants to the Arctic

The aim of the course is to give the student knowledge of how contaminants from sources at mid-latitudes are transported to the Arctic via oceanic and atmospheric pathways for ending in the Arctic food web.

The focus will be on persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. The course will include an introduction to the characteristics of the Arctic atmosphere, ocean and climate system. It will also contain an introduction to analysis of monitoring data of contaminants obtained from measurement stations in the high Arctic and the processes that control their dynamics in the Arctic and how they can be studied using atmospheric and marine transport models.

Exam: Project report / oral exam
Assessment: 7-point grading scale
Number of lessons: 42
Syllabus: To be announced
Time: October 17 - November 25, 2016
Language: English

Course responsible: Kaj Mantzius Hansen (AU) and Henrik Skov (AU)


The course is part of a program in Greenlandic Health and Environment of the Arctic. It consists of five courses on health and environment which will be offered by the UArctic partners: University of Greenland (UoG), Aarhus University (AU), and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) in autumn 2016 in Nuuk, and hosted by University of Greenland as well as the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. The course package is aimed at students with a background in health science and natural sciences.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instruction
InstitutionGreenland Institute of Natural Resources
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End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyHealth (others)
Teaching placeNuuk, Greenland
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