Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

The mission of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Working Group (AMAP) is to monitor and assess pollution and climate change issues in the Arctic. AMAP produces independent, science-based and peer-reviewed assessments of the status of pollution and climate change in the Arctic in order to provide the basis for sound policy- and decision-making.

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
Measuring and monitoring pollutants and climate change effects on ecosystems and human health in the Arctic


Current Chairmanship

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The AMAP Working Group is composed of Arctic States and Permanent Participants together with representatives of Observer countries and organizations. AMAP scientific assessment work is accomplished through expert groups established by AMAP.

Main tasks

  • Documenting trends and effects of pollutants
  • Documenting sources and pathways of pollutants
  • Documenting trends in key climate indicators and their environmental implications
  • Examining the impact of pollution and climate change on Arctic ecosystems and people, including health of Arctic Indigenous peoples and other residents
  • Reporting on the state of the Arctic Environment with respect to climate and pollution issues
  • Giving advice to Ministers on priority actions needed to improve Arctic conditions

AMAP also supports international processes that work to reduce the global threats from contaminants and climate change. These include the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN-Environment Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Minamata Convention on mercury, and the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.
AMAP Heads of Delegation meet in plenary twice a year to discuss priorities and projects identified in the work plan; at least one of these events is a full Working Group meeting.

AMAP’s Work

AMAP’s priorities include the following contaminant and climate-related issues:

  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging Arctic concern (CEC)
  • Heavy metals, with a particular focus on mercury
  • Short-lived climate forcers and air pollutants
  • Radioactivity
  • Plastics and micro-plastics
  • Key climate indicators related to the cryosphere (sea and land ice, snow, permafrost and more)
  • Meteorology (including extreme weather events and teleconnections with other regions)
  • Environmental and ecosystem consequences in the Arctic resulting from global climate change (including ocean acidification)
  • Effects of pollution and climate change on the health of humans living in the Arctic
  • Combined effects of pollutants and other stressors on both ecosystems and humans

2019-2021 Work Plan Snapshot

AMAP’s work is developed within the context the AMAP Strategy and a multi-year assessment schedule. AMAP works according to 2-year work-plans that are approved by the Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials. Planned AMAP publications (and delivery date) under the current Work Plan include:

  • Arctic Climate Issues of Concern (2021)
  • Short-Lived Climate Forcers (2021)
  • Mercury in the Arctic (2021)
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants and Climate Change Interactions (2021)
  • Human Health in the Arctic (2021)
  • Marine Litter Monitoring Guidelines (2021)

Expert Groups

  • AMAP Climate Expert Group
  • AMAP Expert Group on Litter and Microplastics
  • AMAP Expert Group on Mercury
  • AMAP Expert Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • AMAP Expert Group on Radioactivity
  • AMAP Expert Group on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
  • AMAP Human Health Assessment Group
Anders Turesson
Anders Turesson
AMAP Chair

Rolf Rødven

Executive Secretary

AMAP Secretariat

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Featured AMAP projects

Permafrost erosion in Alaska. Photo: USGS / M. Torre Jorgenson
Climate Issues: Cryosphere, meteorology, ecosystem impacts
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Arctic Marine Microplastics and Litter
AMAP is developing a monitoring plan for microplastics and litter in Arctic waters.
iStock / zanskar
Contaminant issues: POPs and mercury
AMAP is assessing the effects of contaminants in the Arctic.


AMAP news

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A roadmap towards sustained observing in the Arctic

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The Arctic is experiencing some of the fastest rates of ocean acidification, with potentially severe implications for ecosystems and communities dependent on them.
15 Dec 2019
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A closer look at sea ice: An interview with AMAP expert Sebastian Gerland

Sebastian Gerland is a geophysicist at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. As a specialist for sea ice and climate, he has contributed to several projects and report...
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SAO Plenary Meeting Online / Reykjavik


09 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
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