Global Hg and US Exposures

Global Mercury Emissions and U.S. Population Exposures


PI: Elsie M. Sunderland

PEOPLE: Bess Corbitt, Asif Qureshi



Greater than 90% of population wide exposure to mercury in the U.S. is from estuarine and marine fish and over 75% of these fish are harvested in open ocean regions. This project is combing our research modeling various elements of the global biogeochemical mercury cycle to estimate potential changes in US population exposures with changes in global anthropogenic emissions, which will help inform the 2013 Global Mercury Treaty Process being negotiated by UNEP.





E.S. Corbitt, D.J. Jacob, C.D. Holmes, D.G. Streets, E.M. Sunderland. 2011. Global source-receptor relationships for mercury deposition under present-day and 2050 emissions scenarios. Environmental Science and Technology, 45(24), 10477-10484 [pdf].

Selin, N.E., E.M. Sunderland, C.D. Knightes, R.P. Mason. 2010. Sources of mercury exposure for U.S. seafood consumers: Implications for policy. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(1): 137-143. doi:10.1289/ehp.0900811

Sunderland, E.M. 2007. Mercury exposure from domestic and imported estuarine and marine fish and shellfish in U.S. seafood markets. Environmental Health Perspectives. 115: 235-242. doi:10.1289/ehp.9377. [pdf]