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Human Systems

Melting snow, ice and soil releases pollutants into the environment that move into the Arctic food web. Research here examines the deposition and transport of contaminants in snow with a focus on accumulation, mobilization, and release of atmospherically deposited chemical contaminants in snow.

When collected and analyzed with Native community participation, this information may lead to site-specific consumption advisories that are useful to northern communities at risk. Contamination research is very relevant to understanding how northern communities may choose to respond politically, socially, and scientifically to increasing contamination of their subsistence food.