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.

Environment Canada air quality modelling in the oil sands

This week several media outlets have highlighted air quality modelling work conducted by Environment Canada under the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring Plan. Specifically, Environment Canada presented two video animations at the Environmental Monitoring and Science (formerly AEMERA) February Oil Sands Monitoring Symposium: An animation showing the change in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels over the oil sands region. […]

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Environmental monitoring data informs Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards reporting

Some background… CAAQS are the driver for air quality management across the country under the Air Quality Management System (AQMS).  Standards have been developed for fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) and ozone. These pollutants are important as they are the main contributors to urban smog, and have a defined human health impact.  In October 2012 the […]

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Lookout Conklin!

The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) has begun streaming continuous air quality data from a new air monitoring station, Conklin Lookout. This new monitoring station is the result of a partnership between WBEA, the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (formerly AEMERA) and Environment Canada (EC). The Conklin Lookout station is situated 5.5 km west of […]

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Our Incredible Summer Students

Brandi Bartha, Nicole Steenveld, Garret Doll, Jackson Woren and Farron Bibby spent their summer learning first-hand about their chosen career fields, while gaining practical experience in environmental monitoring. As any summer student can attest to, gaining real world experience is the number one desired outcome at the end of a work term. However, if you […]

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The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

What is the AQHI? The higher the AQHI number, the greater the health risk. Typically ratings will not exceed 10, unless the amount of air contamination is extremely high. An example of an instance in which air quality might receive this rating would be during a forest fire smoke event, when smoke is transported into […]

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Monitoring Air Quality During Forest Fires

Where there is fire, there is smoke. After an abnormally dry spring, Alberta (and western Canada) is experiencing one of the worst forest fire seasons in a decade. With 1,2961 fires and counting so far this year, people are worried about the quality of the air in their communities. In response to requests from communities, the […]

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Oil Sand Monitoring Symposium: Program

Tuesday, February 24th Welcome and opening remarks Jay Nagendran, President & CEO, AEMERA Keynote Address: How science can inform policy and decision-making Dr. Lorne Taylor, Board Chair, AEMERA Overview of the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring Prasad Valupadas, AEMERA and David Boerner, Environment Canada theme 1: pressures and stressors session 1: emissions […]

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