Research project

EU_COF_IGOSP_NP_Integrated Global Observing Systems for Persistent Pollutants (DTA.AD004.175)

Thematic area

Earth system science and environmental technologies

Project area

Osservazione della Terra (DTA.AD004)

Structure responsible for the research project

Institute of Atmospheric pollution Research (IIA)

Other structures collaborating in the research project

Project manager

Phone number: 335219989


During the past years in the framework of the GEO - Task HE-02 "Tracking Pollutants" global observation systems for mercury and POPs were developed to support the achievement of the goals of GEOSS and other on-going international Programs (i.e., UNEP Mercury Program) and Conventions (i.e., Minamata, Stockholm Convention, UNECE-LRTAP TF HTAP). This effort was made more consistent with the adoption of the GEO Strategic Plan (2016-2025) to implement GEOSS. The GEOSS Work Programme activities includes the GEO Flagship - Global Observation System for Mercury (GOS4M) - and the GEO Initiative - Global Observation System for Persistent Organic Pollutants (GOS4POPs). GOS4M and GOS4POPs are aimed to: i) increase the availability and quality of Earth Observation data and information to contribute to the tracking persistent pollutants released to the global environment and, where appropriate, anticipate their changes in the environment; ii) harmonize metadata production, archiving and sharing data from the monitoring networks; and iii) develop advanced services that Parties may use to support the implementation of Minamata Convention on Hg and the Stockholm Convention on POPS.


The overall goal of IGOSP is the development of a Transnational Environmental Observation System through the Integration of monitoring data from various platforms, modelling tools and advanced global cyber-infrastructure for data sharing and interoperability. Specific objectives are:To integrate in-situ and satellite observations for better understanding of the global cycle of Hg and POPs at continental and global scales;To identify Hg hot-spots deposition areas as consequence of biomass burning, artisanal and smallscale gold mining, e-waste recycling through in-situ wet-deposition measurements and satellite observations;To monitor newly listed POPs in core matrices that need to be implemented into existing monitoring programmes;To develop new sensors for monitoring target pollutants and test them in different geographical settings;to develop QA/QC for observations and enhance data comparability and new SOPs for new sensors;To harmonize metadata production,archiving and sharing;8)To validate regional and global scale models;To develop data infrastructures on Hg and POPs;To create advanced web services for data discovery;To push toward a full interoperability with GEOSS & Copernicus

Start date of activity



persistent pollutants, Mercury, POPs

Last update: 03/12/2023