Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 189–194

The significance of PCBs in the atmosphere of the southern hemisphere


  • Wendy A. Ockenden
    • Environmental Science DepartmentLancaster University
  • Rainer Lohmann
    • Environmental Science DepartmentLancaster University
  • John R. Shears
    • British Antarctic Survey
    • Environmental Science DepartmentLancaster University
Research Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02987384

Cite this article as:
Ockenden, W.A., Lohmann, R., Shears, J.R. et al. Environ Sci & Pollut Res (2001) 8: 189. doi:10.1007/BF02987384


Air monitoring stations were set up at 2 sites in the southern hemisphere — Moody Brook, Falkland Islands (51° 25′ S, 57° 56′W) and Halley, Research Station, Antarctica (75° 35′ S, 26° 30′ W). PCBs were monitored at the stations throughout 1999. Highest concentrations were observed when temperatures were greater. In general, concentrations were greater at Moody Brook than at Halley, although the difference in concentrations between sites was less for more chlorinated congeners. Air concentrations at both sites were compared with samples collected nearby over-water. Over water air concentrations were found to be greater than over land air concentrations. Concentrations were also compared with literature data for air concentrations at a remote site in the Canadian Arctic. Atmospheric concentrations of tri-chlorinated biphenyls were found to be approximately double those reported for Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic, whilst concentrations in samples from Antarctica were very similar to those found in the high Arctic. Most other PCBs were a factor of 2–4 greater in the Canadian Arctic.


Airantarcticaatmospherelong-range transportPCBspersistent organic pollutants (POPs)polycyclic chlorinated biphenylsPOPssouthern hemisphere

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