Workshop on harmonising and collaborative atmospheric pollution research

The currently ongoing collaboration HERMOSA (Harmonising Environmental Research and Monitoring of Priority Pollutants in the Svalbard Atmosphere) and SIOS would like to invite to a two‑days digital workshop on harmonising and collaborative research activities in Svalbard atmospheric pollution research.

  • When? 5-6 October 2021
  • Where? Online
  • Who? We invite scientists with relevant expertise and professional interest (directly or indirectly) in the field of atmospheric aerosol sampling, analysis and data handling in Svalbard, to participate.

Scientific summary

Pristine Arctic ecosystems are one of the most fragile and fast responding to global environmental changes, thus representing a promising "natural laboratory" for studies on the global dimension of Climate Change (CC). Most pollution monitoring programs and scientific studies focus on already known contaminants (like persistent organic pollutants (POPs), metals, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), etc.) or even radionuclides. Validated by empirical studies, updated environmental fate models have predicted that the direct effect of climate change on the fate of “legacy” contaminants is considered within the same order of magnitude of existing reported concentrations. The Arctic atmosphere in particular is expected to respond rapidly to environmental changes and is, therefore, chosen as the target medium for the HERMOSA initiative.

The aim of the workshop is to jointly discuss comprehensive integration of the ongoing research and academic educational activities in Svalbard in the field of fate and distribution of atmospheric aerosols, including mineral and organic particulate matter.

The discussion will provide the base for the HERMOSA project to:

  • Provide complete information on the relevant atmospheric aerosol research projects and infrastructure in Svalbard related to them, to evaluate the current knowledge gaps in the field.
    (Please do sign up, or contact us in any case - we would not want to miss any relevant research!)
  • Develop research priorities for joint research programs.
  • Provide a platform for scientific networking and knowledge exchange.
  • Refine the existing sampling protocols for a more efficient way to approach multidisciplinary projects.

How to join the workshop

The workshop is free and open for everyone. However, we are specifically approaching experts in the field. In order to be able to plan the workshop efficiently, we would appreciate if you register to the workshop as soon as possible and not later than 31 July 2021, 12 CEST.

Registration form

We are looking forward to see you all in October!

The workshop is jointly organised by the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS, Norway);  Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences (IG PAS, Poland); Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS); Gdańsk University of Technology (Gdańsk Tech, Poland); Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI, Russia); University of Perugia (UNIPG, Italy); University of Lyon (UL, France); Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU, Norway) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU, Poland).