Air

The condition of air quality is monitored across Alberta. Monitoring provides basic information on the presence and concentration of contaminants in the air such as particulate matter (forest fires, industry, vehicles), nitrogen dioxide (fossil fuel combustion), sulphur dioxide (industry) and VOCs (vehicles, forest fires).

Learn more about air quality monitoring by scrolling through the content below, or visit the Air Program Page.

Wildfire Smoke Impacts on Air Quality in Alberta

Air quality is monitored by Alberta Environment and Parks and airsheds using continuous air monitoring stations in more than 30 communities across Alberta. Real-time data from these continuous stations are used to inform the public on current air quality conditions through the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). During wildfire smoke events, portable air quality monitors […]

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Evaluation of the Fort Air Partnership Passive Monitoring Sites: Summary of Findings

Author: Casandra Brown   The Fort Air Partnership (FAP) is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder organization with members from industry, government, and the public. FAP operates an air quality monitoring network in an area northeast of Edmonton in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, including the towns of Bon Accord, Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Lamont, and Redwater. FAP […]

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Alberta: Air Zones Report 2014-2016

Alberta: Air Zones Report 2014-2016   Casandra Brown         The Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are national ambient air quality standards intended to protect human health and the environment. The CAAQS focus on assessing fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone as there are significant human health and environmental effects associated with these parameters. […]

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Alberta: Air Zones Report 2012-2014 & 2013-2015

Alberta: Air Zones Report 2012-2014 & 2013-2015   Janine Ross, Casandra Brown, Cristen Adams, and Bob Myrick         The Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are national ambient air quality standards intended to protect human health and the environment. The CAAQS focus on assessing fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone as there are significant […]

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Award-winning air quality research in the Oil Sands region

The paper outlines Lucas and his co-authors’ research in monitoring greenhouse gases (GHGs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odour compounds. These compounds have been attracting the attention of both policy-makers and the public because of the Climate Change initiatives Alberta and other jurisdictions have been taking, the potential health impacts of VOCs and odour concerns […]

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Monitoring Air Quality in Alberta: A Tale of Two Metrics

In Canada, provincial and federal governments use a variety of tools to monitor, regulate and maintain our air quality. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are two of the tools used to assess air quality in Alberta.

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Fort McMurray Air Quality Data

Air quality in the region is being monitored a number of different ways: Particulate Matter Data A summary of the data collected by AEMERA’s and WBEA’s portable air quality particulate monitors (PM2.5)* from May 7 to present Particulate matter, as a measure of the amount of smoke in air, is being monitored in a number of […]

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Fort McMurray Fire Updates (May 6 – June 19)

This page features data and information on the Fort McMurray Fire from May 6 – May 24, 2016.

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Measuring Air Quality Over Tailings Ponds

The exploration of oil sands in Northern Alberta generates significant amount of tailings that is stored in tailings ponds over long periods. Fugitive air emissions occur due to evaporation and chemical/biological activities. These emissions include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Green House Gases (GHG) examples of which include carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4­).

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Oil Sands Monitoring Community Report

You have questions about the environment in the oil sands region…and we’re working to find the answers.   Find out how we’re monitoring in the oil sands region, the questions we’re asking, and the answers we’re getting…visit www.osmreport.ca.  

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