Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program
The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is one of five Working Groups of the Arctic Council. The primary function of AMAP is to advise the governments of the eight Arctic countries (Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States) on matters relating to threats to the Arctic region from pollution, and associated issues including climate change.
The AMAP is a process integrating both monitoring and assessment activities, in order to produce integrated assessment reports on the pollution status and trends of the conditions of Arctic ecosystems; identify possible causes for changing conditions; detect emerging problems, their possible causes, and the potential risk to Arctic ecosystems including indigenous peoples and other Arctic residents; and to recommend actions required to reduce risks to Arctic ecosystems.
AMAP has produced a series of high quality scientifically-based assessments of the pollution status of the Arctic available for download, including 'Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Arctic Climate Impact Assessment' (2004).