Both Norwegian and Russian authorities are monitoring air quality in the border area between Norway and Russia in order keep an eye on the emissions from mining and smeltery activities in Nikel and Zapolyarny on the Kola Peninsula. This marks the first time the monitoring results from Norway and Russia are presented in a joint report.
Consists of representatives from the Regional Authorities for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring in Murmansk (Murmansk UGMS), the Norwegian Environment Agency, and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU).
The group wrote the report as part of the cooperation under the auspices of the Joint Norwegian-Russian Commission on Environmental Cooperation.
The report accounts for the monitoring programmes and threshold limit values for air quality in the two countries.
It also presents the monitoring results for sulphur dioxide (SO2) and heavy metals (nickel and copper) in the air for the period 2008–12.
In order to optimize the interpretation of the results, it was also important to assess whether Norwegian and Russian monitoring methods provided comparable results.
Norwegian and Russian monitoring stations for air quality in the border areas. Measurements on the Norwegian side are taken in Karpdalen and in Svanvik, while the Russian measurement stations are located in Nikel and Zapolyarny.