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    Mercury in the coastal Antarctic ecosystem: Initial findings

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    Numéro du document:
    WG-EMM-2019/51 Rev. 1
    E. Kim, Z. Baumann, J.-H. Kim and J.-W. Jung
    Soumis par:
    Eunhee Kim (Corée, Rép. de)
    Approuvé par:
    Seok-Gwan Choi (Corée, Rép. de)
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    Our study presents some initial findings on Hg distribution in Antarctica from our preliminary field work, collecting environmental samples including coastal seawater, snow and snowmelt as well as terrestrial and marine biota samples. Long-term monitoring studies are crucial to better understand how Antarctic environments respond to globally reducing Hg emission with the Minamata Convention becoming effective. Further, Antarctic organisms sensitive to climate change need to be included as part of CEMP. Previous studies on Hg dynamics in Antarctica are limited and existing information is somewhat fragmented. Therefore, our goal is to add to the existing information and build a framework for long term monitoring program in this vulnerable and remote ecosystem.