Nuclear power plant.  Credit: Mhollaen
Nuclear power plant. Credit: Mhollaen

Radioactivity in the Arctic

While the pollution levels posed by radioactivity in the Arctic are low and appear to be decreasing, the need to keep monitoring radioactivity in the Arctic remains unchanged.

Activities

A new assessment on radioactivity is in preparation. It will update the previous reports and include, among other topics, the impacts of anthropogenic and naturally occurring radionuclides to members of the public in the Arctic, and to Arctic biota.

The main questions that will be addressed in the new AMAP assessment are:

  1. What are the main sources of artificial radionuclides to and within the Arctic?
  2. What are the recent trends in activity concentrations of anthropogenic radionuclides in the Arctic environment?
  3. What are the sources and recent trends in activity concentrations of naturally occurring radionuclides in the Arctic environment?
  4. What new information exists about radioactive waste handling and decommissioning?
  5. What possible effects might climate change have on radioactivity in the Arctic?
Lead Working Groups
AMAP
Lead Arctic States & Permanent Participants
Norway
The Russian Federation
Engaged observers
The Netherlands 
Start
2015
End
Ongoing
Status
On track

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