Meteorological Synthesizing Centre - East (MSC-E)

  is one of the international research Centres of the EMEP programme operating under the LRTAP Convention of UNECE.

  The Centre focuses its efforts on model assessment of the environment pollution with various toxic substances. >>>


This year funding of MSC-E was suspended according to the decision of the CLRTAP Executive Body adopted at 42nd session in December 2022 (item 37, ECE/EB.AIR/150). To support further EMEP activity on assessment of heavy metal and POP pollution, the Government of the Russian Federation decided to pay the assessed contribution to Russia for 2022 and 2023 in accordance with the obligations under 1984 Protocol to the Convention directly to the budget of MSC-E of EMEP. This allowed MSC-E to resume its work in 2023 and prepare Status report



Main activities in 2023

Operational activity 

MSC-E carried out model assessment of heavy metal and POP pollution levels for 2021 according to its mandate. Concentrations in air, deposition fluxes and information on transboundary transport of Pb, Cd, Hg, PAHs, PCDD/Fs, PCB-153 and HCB were calculated. The results are described in EMEP status report and are available in the MSC-E data base.


TFMM/Eurodelta-Carb B(a)P study

The Eurodelta-Carb intercomparison study of B(a)P models initiated by the TFMM in 2021 in the framework of a broader scientific study on modelling of secondary organic aerosol and black carbon was continued. The main objectives of the Eurodelta-Carb study on B(a)P were to analyze performance of air quality models and uncertainties of their results. Read more...


Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution

MSC-E contributed to the work of the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP) aimed at Hg and POP pollution assessment. In particular, the Centre participated in TF HTAP collaborative activities focused on multi-model evaluation and attribution of Hg pollution trends and future scenarios as well as assessment of the impact of wildfires and biomass burning on contamination of the environment by multiple pollutants. Read more...


Contaminants of emerging concern

A review of information on some pollutants of emerging concern (PECs), such as hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) and pentachlorobenzene (PCBs), has been prepared by experts of MSC-E. The overview included regulatory activities, their production, usage and emissions, as well as results of monitoring and model assessment of their transport and fate in the environment. Read more...


Cooperation with OSPAR Commission

In accordance with the contract between MSC-E and OSPAR Commission analysis of Pb, Cd and Hg emission sectors in 2020 in the OSPAR Contracting Parties was carried out. Besides, model assessment of atmospheric inputs of Pb, Cd and Hg to the OSPAR regions was performed. Results of the analysis of emission data and model assessment of deposition fluxes to the OSPAR area were presented at the hybrid meeting organized by OSPAR Commission.  The results of this work were summarized in the Technical Report [Ilyin et al., 2023].


Cooperation with Helsinki Commission

Evaluation of airborne pollution load of heavy metals and POPs to the Baltic Sea is carried out in the framework of long-term cooperation between EMEP and the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM). Read more...


Cooperation with Stockholm Convention

MSC-E continued co-operation and data exchange with the Stockholm Convention on POPs. Collection and refinement of national POP emission inventories under the Stockholm Convention provides additional information for the evaluation of emissions of the EMEP countries. Besides, national emissions inventories are used for the updating of the scenarios of global emission for global scale modelling and estimation of EMEP region boundary conditions. Furthermore, updated monitoring data on POP concentrations, collected in the Global Monitoring Plan Data Warehouse (GMP DWH), is applied for the analysis of global POP transport.  

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New contaminants

A number of toxic pollutants are considered as potential candidates for future assessment but are characterized by limited data and knowledge on their emissions, transport and fate in the environment (Strategy for scientific bodies under the CLRTAP). They include:

  • Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)  (BDE-99, SCCP, PFOS, etc.)
  • Heavy metals and metalloids of the 2nd priority (Cu, Ni, Cr, Zn, As, etc.)

"Review of information on production, emissions, measured concentrations, and modelling studies for selected CECs is compiled in the joint EMEP/HELCOM project (EMEP Centres Joint Report for HELCOM, 2022)

Benzo(a)pyrene pollution

EEA Report 2023
"Status report of air quality in Europe for year 2021, using validated data"


MSC-E Technical Report 2/2021
Assessment of PAH pollution levels, key sources and trends: Contribution to analysis of the effectiveness of the Protocol on POPs

MSC-E activity (Case study on Spain, France, Poland)

Country activities (Italy, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, UK)

REACH regulation 
about PAHs


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