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Atmospheric cycling of mercury and persistent organic pollutants

Overview of subproject MEPOP
: Munthe, J.; Palm, A.; Zetzsch, C.

Midgley, P.M.:
Towards cleaner air for Europe: Science, tools and applications. Vol.2: Overviews from the final reports of the EUROTRAC-2 subprojects : EUROTRAC-2
Weikersheim: Markgraf, 2003
ISBN: 3-8236-1391-X
Book Article
Fraunhofer ITEM ()
POPs; atmospheric chemistry; mercury

This summary consists of work carried out within the EUROTRAC-2 subproject MEPOP during the period 1997 to 2002. MEPOP was started with the aim of facilitating co-ordinated research on the atmospheric cycling of mercury (Hg) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Europe. This has succeeded in terms of co-ordinating existing national and EU-funded research activities and making the issue of research on these toxic constituents of the atmosphere more visible in the atmospheric chemistry research community in Europe. With this summary and the Final Report to be published in early 2003, it will hopefully also serve as a source of information to a wider audience including scientists and policy makers. Within MEPOP, a large number of reports and scientific papers have been published. In this summary, references are not included. The reader is instead referred to the main Final Report of MEPOP.
The overall amim of MEPOP was:
To quantify the regional atmospheric cycling of semi-volatile species such as Hg and POPs. This very general aim reflects the diversity of the research carried out within this subproject including emissions, air-surface exchange, chemical transformations and modelling.