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Mercury Air Transport and Fate Research Partnership Area (UNEP F&T) has provided over the years a significant scientific contribution in the context of the UNEP Mercury Programme. It has contributed recently to develop the UNEP overall summary report “Global Mercury Assessment 2013; Sources, Emissions, Releases and Environmental Transport” and the relative Technical Background Report prepared by UNEP in collaboration with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and many other experts.

  • The Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS) is a first attempt to conduct worldwide measurements of mercury from both natural and anthropogenic sources. The GMOS is a five year project (2010-2015), funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (DG Research), leaded by the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IIA, www.iia.cnr.it ). The Project aims to establish a worldwide observation system for the measurement of atmospheric mercury in ambient air and precipitation samples, in the marine environment as well as in the lower - upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS). GMOS aims therefore to merge ground-based networks, oceanographic programs and tropospheric programs. The Project involves 24 partners from all over the world and cooperate with on-going programs in USA, Canada, China, Japan. Data produced by GMOS are used to validate regional and global scale models for the evaluation of different socio-economic scenarios of emission reduction policies. More is available at www.gmos.eu .
  • UNECE-HTAP Task Force, WG on Hg:  Italy is Leading the Working Group on Mercury.  The major goals of this WG was to perform a modeling intercomparison for assessing the effectiveness of emission reduction measures and an assessment of the relative contribution of natural vs. anthropogenic sources on hemispheric and global scales. Results have been published in the TF HTAP Report, Part B: Mercury, published in 2010 and submitted to the Steering Body of EMEP/UNECE-LRTAP (http://www.htap.org )
  • Polar research program: As part of the Italian Polar Research Programme (PNRA) Italy will perform (2012-2014) an intensive campaigns in Ny-Alesund on the Svalbard Islands at the Italian research site and at DOME-C in Antarctica (Italian-French bi-lateral program). The aim of this project is to investigate on mercury depletion mechanisms that affect the transfer of mercury from the atmosphere to surface snow in both polar areas.

  • Canada is compiling its first national picture on mercury research entitled the Canadian Mercury Science Assessment to be produced 2013-2014. The Assessment will be the first comprehensive national description of mercury in the Canadian environment. The assessment is intended to inform decision-making by policy-makers and research managers and establish a baseline against which future changes in mercury levels in the environment can be attributed to changes in mercury emissions and climate.
  • Canada is compiling its first national picture on mercury research entitled the Canadian Mercury Science Assessment to be produced 2013-2014. The Assessment will be the first comprehensive national description of mercury in the Canadian environment. The assessment is intended to inform decision-making by policy-makers and research managers and establish a baseline against which future changes in mercury levels in the environment can be attributed to changes in mercury emissions and climate
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