Pollution in the Coastal Arctic

Elective Course | 4 ECTS | Course: CMM 14

Instructor: Dr. Pernilla Carlsson

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The course introduces students to chemistry related to contamination in the coastal zone and seas. Chemical interactions in the interface of the sea, land, biota and air are explained along with the transport of pollutants. The state of the coastal zones in the world are discussed, as well as regional, national and international monitoring practices and programmes. Designing monitoring programmes and pollution studies are also presented and discussed. The course provides insight into our own lifestyle and the effects we have on the environment. It mostly focuses on environmental fate and effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals on living organisms, but emerging contaminants and their impact and occurrence in the Arctic are also discussed. A brief introduction to environmental chemistry, study design and ecotoxicology is also part of the course.


Pernilla Carlsson (Sweden) is an environmental/analytical chemist at Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Tromsø, Norway. She holds a PhD degree from the University Centre in Svalbard/UiT. Before moving to NIVA in Tromsø, Pernilla has worked as scientific (ice) diver for Norwegian Polar Institute, had a postdoc in analytical chemistry at RECETOX, Brno, Czech Republic. She has and is still working closely with AMAP on Arctic pollution. Pernilla’s main research topics are pollution in the Arctic, including anything from climate change impact on the fate of pollution and marine litter to salmon lice pesticides, their environmental impact and possible solutions for removing them from the water.