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Environmental Observing System Unit 

Monitoring data of mercury and its compounds on a global scale, together with the application of regional and global models, contribute to the strengthening of the understanding of the mercury cycle in different environmental media. This supports the development of effective policies and measures to reduce mercury pollution impacts on health and the environment. The European project Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS), is a five-year project (2010-2015) aimed at achieving the above mentioned targets, funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission (DG research). The project, coordinated by the CNR - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, aims to build the International Reference Center for Mercury through an observing system consisting of fixed monitoring stations in the northern and southern hemispheres, at different latitudes and altitudes, located in strategic locations and representative of the main mercury transport pathways.

The "Environmental Observing System" Unit aims to develop and strengthen the global Observing System for mercury, which includes, fixed monitoring stations (stations in situ) and the coordination of oceanographic and air campaigns (off-shore locations) in collaboration with major international partners. The Mercury Global Observing System will provide continuous, intensive and high-quality mercury data, including concentrations and fluxes in and between atmospheric, marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, which are useful, on the one hand, for model evaluation and improvement, and on the other hand, for the development of interoperable systems providing near real-time mercury data to all stakeholders.

The "Environmental Observing System" Unit aims also to develop and standardize measurement methods for both atmospheric concentrations and depositions via precipitation, at in-situ stations, and for fluxes from natural sources (i.e., volcanoes, forest fires, oceans etc. The Unit aims finally to provide technical and scientific training to site-managers and capacity building to developing countries, and to strengthen relationships with experts and policy makers operating within the major regional observing programs (i.e., EMEP, NADP, AMNet, AMAP etc.).


Led by: Dr Francesca Sprovieri
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 CNR-Institue of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA)
U.O.S. di Rende
c/o: UNICAL-Polifunzionale 
Rende, Italia