Monitoring the atmosphere 2017-2020.


Award of a contract without prior publication of a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union


Miljødirektoratet [The Norwegian Environment Agency] Miljødirektoratet [The Norwegian Environment Agency]
Camilla Fossum Pettersen
PB 5672 Sluppen
7485 Trondheim

Short description

The Norwegian Environment Agency has monitored far-reaching atmospheric pollutants annually since 1973. Atmospheric ozone has been monitored annually since 1978 and annual UV doses have been measured and calculated since 1995. Climate gases have been included as a part of the monitoring programme from 2001. Monitoring for a new four year programme period shall now be procured from NILU.

Methane and CO2 shall be continually monitored at Birkenes and Zeppelin. Other climate gases and ozone decomposing substances that shall be continually measured at Zeppelin er; N2O, HFC-125, HFC-134a, HFC-152a, HFC-227ea, HFC-236fa, HFC-245fa, HFC-365mfc, SF6, NF3, PFC-116, PFC-218, PFC-318, CFC-11, CFC-12, CFC-113, CFC-115, CF4, HCFC-22, HCFC-141b, HCFC-142b, H-1211, H-1301, CH3Cl, CH3Br, CH2Br2, CHBr3, CH2Cl2, CHCl3, CH3CCl3, CHClCCl2, CCl2CCl2, CCl4.

Continual measurements shall be taken of the total ozone (the amount of ozone in a column from the earth's surface to the top of the atmosphere) and UV radiation at the stations in Oslo and Ny Ålesund on Svalbard, when the observation conditions allow. The data shall be comparable with data from previous continual measuring series from the same measuring stations.

The main components that shall be measured in the air are: SO2, SO42-, sum (NO3-, + HNO3), sum (NH4+ + NH3), Na+, Cl-, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+. Samples are to be taken every day (filter change every day) at Birkenes and Zeppelin.

Precipitation quality is to be measured and the following parameters are to be included: Precipitation amount, pH, conductivity (µS/cm, at 25oC), SO42-, NO3-, NH4+, Na+, Cl-, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, are to be analysed in collected rain water from the stations at Birkenes (every day) and Ny-Ålesund (every week).

Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) shall be measured at Birkenes, Kårvatn, Tustervatn and Hurdal stations.

Particles (PM10 and PM2,5) are to be monitored at Birkenes, Hurdal, Kårvatn and Tustervatn stations. The particle amounts are to be determined. The particles shall be analysed chemically for elementary carbon (EC), organic carbon (OC) and total carbon (TC). All the measurements and analyses shall fulfil the requirements determined by the national reference laboratory in accordance with the EU's air quality directive 2008/50/EC. The particles'absorbent and spreading qualities are to be measured and the size distribution is to be counted. The amount of condensation nucleuses and the aerosols'optical depth are to be measured.

Tropospheric ozone is to be measured at Birkenes, Zeppelin, Kårvatn and Tustervatn stations. The analysis results are to be stored as average hourly values.

International and national data reporting to SDB shall be carried out as normal throughout the contract period. Data is reported to the European Environment Agency, European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET): This reporting is included in the assignment. Three separate and simple reports from the programme shall be prepared for every year of the programme period. The reports shall be written in English. The reports are:

i) Monitoring of the atmospheric ozone layer and natural ultraviolet radiation Annual report;

ii) Monitoring of greenhouse gases and aerosols at Svalbard and Birkenes Annual report;

iii) Monitoring of long-range transported air pollutants in Norway Annual report.

The programme shall start 1.1.2017. This intention notice is for one programme period from 2017 up to and including 2020. A contract will be awarded for one and one year at a time, provided that the Norwegian Environment Agency is awarded assignments and resources from the Ministry of Climate and Environment for monitoring services.. This procurement is being made subject to the Norwegian Parliament's budget decision and the Ministry of Climate and Environment's budget allocation to the Norwegian Environment Agency in the National Budget for 2017-2020.

The programme will conclude, with completed analyses, in 2020. The expected annual budget for the programme shall cover sample taking, analyses and the annual report. If the expected annual budget is reduced and/or is insufficient to carry out the basic programme as described in this tender documentation, we will either have to reduce the scope of the announced programme or not implement it.

On you can find more information on the monitoring programming and collections of the three report series from the programme:

Options are additional services for the basic programme. The Norwegian Environment Agency can choose to implement none, 1 or several of the options. The options can be implemented in 1 or several years in the notice period up until 2020. The options are not in any order of priority. The costs of implementing each of the options are described in the contract.

Option 1: Measuring carbon isotopes in methane at Zeppelin;

Option 2: Increased time decomposition of particle measurements at Zeppelin;

Option 3: CO-measurements at Birkenes;

Option 4: Measurements of VOC and new climate gases at Zeppelin.

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