Environmental Chemistry

Current Research Activities

Team of the Department "Envrironmental Chemistry"

The pressure on coastal ecosystems caused by anthropogenic substances is subject to short-term and long-term changes due to changes in industrial production pathways, environmental awareness and legislation, consumer demands and the development of new chemicals.

The joint application of sophisticated numerical models and analytical measurement techniques enables the assessment of the present state and reduction scenarios for hazardous chemicals in the coastal and marine environment.

  • Determination of POPs and mercury in coastal and marine atmosphere
  • Low-level determination of POPs in coastal waters
  • Transport and deposition modelling on regional short-term and multi-decadal scales
  • Transport and exchange of aerosols and POPs in coastal circulation
emerging POPs in Air and Snow of the Arctic (ePOP Arctic)
AWIPEV Ny Alesund sunset

sunset at Ny-Ålesund (figure courtesy of Holger Deckelmann, AWI)

The ePOP-Arctic project is focused on studies of atmospheric transport and long-term trends of emerging persistent organic pollutants such as polyfluorinated organic compounds (PFCs) and halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) in the Arctic. These emerging organic substances will be analysed in air and snow samples collected at the AWIPEV Base, the French - German Arctic Research Base at Ny-Ålesund / Spitsbergen (AWIPEV: Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV) and Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)) in order to evaluate air-snow exchange processes and seasonal trends of ePOPs fluxes in the Arctic. AWIPEV

PFASs in coastal zones
Organophosphorus esters in the marine environment
Antioxidants and UV absorbing agents in coastal zones
POPs in Eels Project (completed)
Nordfluor (completed)
Investigation of POPs in Alpine Snow (completed)
Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS)