Meteorological Synthesizing Centre - East (MSC-E)

is one of the international research Centres of the EMEP programme operating under the LRTAP Convention of UNECE.

The Centre focuses its efforts on model assessment of the environment pollution with various toxic substances.

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Cooperation with countries (Case Study)

Poland

The first phase of the country-specific study for Poland has been complete this year. In this phase, a variety of input information (emissions, measurements, meteorological data etc.) were collected, model simulations of the country pollution by cadmium were performed and analysed.

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Spain

Detailed analysis of PAH pollution at a country scale has been initiated for Spain in the framework of country-specific case studies following the recommendation of the second joint session of the WGE and the SB to EMEP. To analyze spatial variations of B(a)P concentrations over the country, fine resolution modelling using detailed emissions data and measurements of B(a)P at national monitoring network was carried out.

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Transition of GLEMOS to the new EMEP grid

The major direction of further development of the Global EMEP Multi-media Modelling System (GLEMOS) during the past year was related to transition of the EMEP operational modelling to the new EMEP grid. The work started a few years ago was continued with adaptation and testing of pollutant-specific modules for new contaminants (particle-bound heavy metals and a selected persistent organic pollutant) as well as preparation of additional input data. Besides, the GLEMOS modelling system underwent considerable structural revision aimed to prepare it for public distribution as open-source software. Pilot simulations of lead and cadmium pollution performed with GLEMOS on the new EMEP grid demonstrate good succession between the old and new model versions for assessment of transboundary transport between the EMEP countries and ecosystem-specific deposition.

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Contribution to UNEP Global Mercury Assessment

MSC-E continues cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). A new Global Mercury Assessment 2018 is now under development in accordance with the request of the UN Environment Governing Council (Decision 27/12). MSC-E takes part in the assessment coordinating work of an international group of experts focused on modelling of mercury pollution on global and regional scales.

Contribution to Minamata Convention

Cooperation with Parties to the Convention

Italy

MSC-E collaborated with national experts from Italy supporting their activities on HM and POP assessment. In particular, the Centre provided ENEA (Italy) with calculated air concentrations of Pb, Cd, Hg, PAHs, PCDD/Fs, PCB-153, HCB and the second priority metals (arsenic, nickel, chromium, copper, zinc and selenium) required for determining boundary conditions of the national model domain.
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Russia

The Centre collaborated with experts from Russia performing initial analysis of measurements from the national monitoring network for heavy metals. The observations were compared with modelling results to evaluate uncertainties of measurements, national emission data and secondary emissions. 
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Cooperation with International Organizations

UN Environment

EMEP closely collaborates with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). A new Global Mercury Assessment 2018 is now under development in accordance with the request of the UN Environment Governing Council (Decision 27/12). MSC-E takes part in the assessment coordinating work of an international group of experts focused on modelling of mercury pollution on global and regional scales.
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UNEP Stockholm Convention

Data of national emission inventories, provided by countries to the UNEP Stockholm Convention, represent important source of information for studies of environmental pollution by PCDD/Fs and other POPs as for the EMEP region and for the global scale.
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Helsinki Commission

MSC-E continues co-operation with the other EMEP Centres, aimed to assessment of atmospheric input of various pollutants including POPs and HMs to the Baltic Sea. This work is carried out in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between CLRTAP and the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM).
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Cooperation with Subsidiary Bodies of the Convention

TF on Measurements and Modelling

The outcome of recent research activities and model developments, performed by the Centre, was discussed at the EMEP Task Force on Measurements and Modelling (TFMM).
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Working Group on Effects

MSC-E also continues co-operation with the Working Group on Effects (WGE). Ecosystem-specific deposition of HMs and POPs is calculated annually for the EMEP region and individual EMEP countries to support work of the effect community. All variety of information is available here.
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Forthcoming meeting

11 to 14 December 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
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