WBEA Terrestrial Monitoring
The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association is concerned not only with ambient air quality in the Wood Buffalo region, but also with the effects of air emissions on the environment.
The AOSR bitumen deposits occur within the boreal plains ecosystem which includes conifer, broadleaf, mixed forests and wetlands. WBEA’s Terrestrial Environmental Effects Monitoring, or TEEM, program is designed to detect, characterize, quantify and report on impacts that air emissions have had, or may have in the long term, on terrestrial ecosystems and traditional land resources in the region.
TEEM Committee members, representing WBEA’s multi-stakeholder membership, set the strategic direction of Program activities. The TEEM Program Manager manages day to day administration and oversees contracts. Technical field staff conduct field operations and assist contracted scientists.
TEEM’s monitoring employs a range of environmental tracers, such as chemical signatures of emission source types and stable isotopes of sulphur, nitrogen, oxygen, lead and mercury. The emissions from industrial processes, traffic and mining are characterized and deposition to the ecosystem receptor is measured. This scientific approach establishes receptor response to exposure to air emissions arising from regional industrial and other human activities.
The overall objective of TEEM is to monitor air related (cause) impacts on natural ecosystems (effects) so that stakeholders can make informed decisions.
For more information on the TEEM Program, please contact Dianne McIsaac, Terrestrial Environmental Effects Monitoring/Traditional Knowledge (TEEM/TK) Program Coordinator.