His research is motivated by the need to protect environmental and human health from harmful organic contaminants. This calls for a better understanding of relationships between sources and exposure.
Knut Breivik’s main research activities are (i) to develop, evaluate and apply mathematical models to understand and predict production-exposure relationships for these chemicals, (ii) emission inventories, and (iii) long-range transport of harmful chemicals across societies and ecosystems.
Most of his research projects aim to provide environmental authorities as well as international conventions and programs (e.g. EMEP, UNEP and AMAP) with scientific support in their efforts to reduce further environmental and human exposure of these harmful substances.