Innovation

Knowledge for a Changing Environment: 2019-2024 Science Strategy

Knowledge for a Changing Environment: 2019-2024 Science Strategy                              The 2019-2024 Science Strategy sets the strategic direction for Alberta’s environmental monitoring and science program and identifies five priority areas to advance through an integrated, adaptive, and collaborative environmental science program. The five priority areas identified in the Science Strategy […]

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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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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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Laser sensing technology helps monitor greenhouse gas emissions

Imagine shooting a laser beam into the air over an industrial plant and being able to tell how much and what kind of greenhouse gas it is emitting…

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The Future of Environmental Monitoring

Through investments by governments and private sector members into research and development, new technologies such as remote sensing, new DNA technologies, big data, robotics, and social networking, are drastically changing how the environment is monitored. As new technologies arise, tools adopted in the environmental monitoring system will share some common “technological DNA” with other surveillance […]

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