The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme is one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council.

AMAP is mandated:

  • To monitor and assess the status of the Arctic region with respect to pollution and climate change issues.
  • To document levels and trends, pathways and processes, and effects on ecosystems and humans, and propose actions to reduce associated threats for consideration by governments.
  • To produce sound science-based, policy-relevant assessments and public outreach products to inform policy and decision-making processes.

AMAP's work is directed by the Ministers of the Arctic Council and their Senior Arctic Officials, who have requested AMAP to also support international processes that work to reduce the global threats from contaminants and climate change. These include the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNEP's Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Minimata Convention on mercury, and the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Since its establishment in 1991, AMAP has produced a series of high quality reports and related communication products that detail the status of the Arctic with respect to climate and pollution issues and that include policy-relevant science-based advice to the Arctic Council and governments.

Website: amap.no

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Recent Submissions

  • Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic: Perspectives from the Barents Area 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-10)
    This report presents the results of the 2017 AMAP Assessment of Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA): Perspectives from the Barents Area. This is one of the three pilot study regions included in the AACA project. ...
  • Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) - Barents Area Overview Report 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-05-11)
    In 2011, the Arctic Council requested AMAP to: "produce information to assist local decision makers and stakeholders in three pilot regions in developing adaptation tools and strategies to better deal with climate change ...
  • Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) - Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region Overview Report 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-05-11)
    In 2011, the Arctic Council requested AMAP to: "produce information to assist local decision makers and stakeholders in three pilot regions in developing adaptation tools and strategies to better deal with climate change ...
  • Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern; Summary for Policy-makers 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-05-11)
    AMAP's initial assessments of these issues in 1997 contributed significantly to the negotiation of international agreements, such as the 'UNECE's Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Protocol on ...
  • Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA) - Bering/Chukchi/Beaufort Region Overview Report 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-05-11)
    In 2011, the Arctic Council requested AMAP to: "produce information to assist local decision makers and stakeholders in three pilot regions in developing adaptation tools and strategies to better deal with climate change ...
  • Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA); Summary for Policy-makers 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2017-05-11)
    The Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic (SWIPA) assessment is a periodic update to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, published in 2005 by AMAP, CAFF, and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).
  • AMAP Assessment 2015: Temporal Trends in Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Arctic 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2016-01)
    A fully referenced, comprehensive scientific and technical report presenting the 2015 AMAP assessment of temporal trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic; prepared by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment ...
  • The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP); WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC); International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2016)
    This report is an output of the Arctic Freshwater Synthesis project. The project is a review of the latest scientific literature on the sources, fluxes, storage and effects of changes in freshwater resources in the Arctic. ...
  • AMAP/CAFF Workshop on Climate Change, Rovaniemi, 24-25 March 1998 

    Holten, Jarle I.; Baldursson, Snorri; Reiersen, Lars-Otto (CAFF International Secretariat, Iceland / AMAP Secretariat, Norway., 1998)
    CAFF/AMAP Workshop on Climate Change: Rovaniemi, Finland: March 24-25, 1998 was held in response to the Ministerial request to AMAP to continue activities for monitoring, data collection, exchange of data on the impacts ...
  • AMAP Assessment 2015: Radioactivity in the Arctic 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2016-09)
    A fully referenced, comprehensive scientific and technical report presenting the 2015 AMAP assessment of radioactivity in the Arctic; prepared by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)'s Radioactivity Expert Group.
  • AMAP Assessment 2015: Human Health in the Arctic 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2015-12-30)
    The 2015 Human Health Assessment Report follows three previous AMAP assessments on human health (AMAP 1998, 2003, 2009) and represents the current knowledge base after 25 years of focused study. This report includes new ...
  • AMAP Assessment 2015: Black carbon and ozone as Arctic climate forcers 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2015-11)
    A fully referenced, comprehensive scientific and technical report presenting the 2015 AMAP assessment of black carbon and ozone as Arctic climate forcers; prepared by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)'s ...
  • AMAP Assessment 2015: Methane as an Arctic climate forcer. 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2015)
    A fully referenced, comprehensive scientific and technical report presenting the 2015 AMAP assessment of methane as an Arctic climate forcer; prepared by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)'s Methane ...
  • AMAP Assessment Report: Arctic Pollution Issues 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP),, 1998)
    A fully referenced, comprehensive scientific and technical report presenting the 1998 AMAP assessment on the status of the Arctic environment with respect to pollution, including extensive tabulations of the data (both ...
  • Arctic Pollution Issues: A State of the Arctic Environment Report. 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (AMAP Secretariat, 1997)
    A condensed version of the 1998 AMAP Assessment (scientific/technical ) Report, presenting the information in a clear and readable manner for the non-scientific audience; richly illustrated and prefaced by an Executive ...
  • Arctic Pollution 2002. 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (AMAP Secretariat, 2002)
    The second AMAP State of the Arctic Environment Report, updating the 1997 AMAP assessments on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Heavy Metals, Radioactivity, and Human Health, and including a new assessment on Climate Change ...
  • Guidelines for laboratories producing data for AMAP Human Health Studies - Version 1.0 May 2009. 

    Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2009-05-15)
    "AMAP's current objective is "providing reliable and sufficient information on the status of, and threats to, the Arctic environment, and providing scientific advice on actions to be taken in order to support Arctic ...
  • Updating Historical Global Inventories of Anthropogenic Mercury Emissions to Air. AMAP Technical Report No. 3 (2010). 

    Wilson, S.; Munthe, J.; Sundseth, K.; Maxson, P.; Kindbom, K.; Pacyna, J.; Steenhuisen, F. (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2010-09-01)
    Atmospheric emissions of mercury (Hg) occur during burning of fossil fuels (in particular coal) for energy production; during the manufacture of industrial products (such as non-ferrous metals, and cement); and from the ...
  • Sources and Mitigation Opportunities to Reduce Emissions of Short-term Arctic Climate Forcers. AMAP Technical Report No. 2 (2008). 

    Bluestein, J.; Rackley, J.; Baum, E. (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2008-09-01)
    "This study analyzes emissions inventories for each of the five pollutants – black carbon (BC), methane, and precursors of tropospheric ozone: nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), and ...
  • The Impact of Short-Lived Pollutants on Arctic Climate. AMAP Technical Report No. 1 (2008). 

    Quinn, P.K.; Bates, T.S.; Baum, E.; Bond, T.; Burkhart, J.F.; Fiore, A.M.; Flanner, M.; Garrett, T.J.; Koch, D.; McConnell, J.; Shindell, D.; Stohl, A. (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2010-09-01)
    Arctic Council working group AMAPs 1st technical report (2008) on the Impact of Short-Lived Pollutants on Arctic Climate. Presented to SAOs at the Arctic Council's Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Kautokeino, Norway, ...

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