Journal article

Modelling the impact of climate change on the atmospheric transport and the fate of persistent organic pollutants in the Arctic

KM Hansen, JH Christensen, C Geels, JD Silver, J Brandt



The Danish Eulerian Hemispheric Model (DEHM) was applied to investigate how projected climate changes will affect the atmospheric transport of 13 persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to the Arctic and their environmental fate within the Arctic. Three sets of simulations were performed, one with present day emissions and initial environmental concentrations from a 20-year spin-up simulation, one with present day emissions and with initial environmental concentrations set to zero and one without emissions but with initial environmental concentrations from the 20-year spin-up simulation. Each set of simulations consisted of two 10-year time slices representing the present (1990-2000) and future..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Arctic Research Centre (ARC), Aarhus University. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 - Environment (including Climate Change) FP7-2008-1 under Grant Agreement no 226534-ArcRisk, as well as from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency as part of the environmental support program Dancea - Danish Cooperation for Environment in the Arctic. The authors are solely responsible for all results and conclusions presented in the paper; these do not necessarily reflect the position of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. This work is a contribution to the Arctic Science Partnership (ASP).