University of Oulu

ARCRISK - Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling (226534)

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Long-range transport of contaminants to the Arctic, the resulting exposures observed in Arctic human populations, and impacts of such exposures on human health have been the subject of considerable work in recent years, providing a baseline against which to compare future developments. Global climate change has the potential to remobilize environmental contaminants and alter contaminant transport pathways, fate, and routes of exposure in human populations. The Arctic is particularly sensitive to climate change and already exhibits clear impacts. Research into contaminant exposure and its effects on human health in the Arctic, in comparison with other exposed populations in Europe, presents an opportunity to gain insight into changes that may later impact other areas. The influence of climate change on contaminant spreading and transfer and the resultant risk to human populations in the Arctic and other areas of Europe will be studied by: 1) Research on the ways in which climate change will affect the long-range transport and fate of selected groups of contaminants, and possible implications for the re-distribution of contaminants (geographically and between relevant environmental media). This will involve modelling, utilizing the information base that exists on the distribution of such contaminants in the Arctic and other areas of Europe; 2) Research on the impacts that changing pathways and climatic conditions will have on contaminant uptake and transfer within food webs, leading to foods consumed by humans. This will involve experimental work, process studies and targeted analytical studies, the latter focussed on supporting the modelling work and process studies related to human exposure to contaminants; 3) Research focussing on human health, aimed at determining how climate-mediated changes in the environmental fate of selected groups of contaminants will result in changes in exposure of human populations, in the Arctic and in selected areas of Europe.
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Grant Number: 226534
Cordis Record Number: 92040
Project Start Date: 2009-06-01
Project End Date: 2014-01-31
Project Funder: EC/FP7/SP1/ENV
EC Special Clause: true
Datapilot: false
Open Access Mandate: true
Coordinator: Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat
Coordinator contact: Pawlak, Janet
Coordinator EU Contribution: 345319
EU Max Contribution: 3499052.2
Total Cost: 4731432.88
Participant: University Centre in Svalbard
Masarykova univerzita
IVL SVENSKA MILJOEINSTITUTET AB
HEALTH CANADA
O.A. SYS - OCEAN ATMOSPHERE SYSTEMS GMBH
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ- ZENTRUM FUER POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
ENVIRONMENT CANADA
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA
OULUN YLIOPISTO
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
Northwest Public Health Research Center (Russian Ministry of Health and Sciences)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
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