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Buffalo Viewpoint

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The Buffalo Viewpoint Station is located at the south end of Syncrude's South Mine (Latitude, Longitude: 56.996265, -111.59410167). This station became part of the WBEA's network in 1997.

The Buffalo Viewpoint station contains analyzers that continuously measure Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Total Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Nitric Oxide(NO), Total Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Total Reduced Hydrocarbons (THC), Ozone (O3), Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5), wind speed and direction, relative humidity, and temperature. At Buffalo Viewpoint, the WBEA also operates samplers for the non-continuous parameters Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), ions, coarse and fine particulate matter, Speciation Air Sampling (SASS), and Carbonyls on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

For more information regarding the Buffalo Viewpoint Air Monitoring Station, please see the station site documentation

 

Current Data

Time of Data:
2017-11-22 14:00:00 (Mountain Standard Time)
ParameterHourly AverageAlberta Ambient Air Quality Objective
SO2 1.01 ppb172 ppb
H2S 0.49 ppb10 ppb
THC 2.61 ppm
NO 2.37 ppb
NO2 18.55 ppb
NOX 20.92 ppb
O3 16.60 ppb
PM2.5 5.34 ug/m3
Temp @ 2m -15.15 deg. C
Wind Speed @ 10m 6.70 km/h
Wind Dir. @ 10m 38.66 deg.

All air quality monitoring data displayed on this site by the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association is directly from monitoring equipment output signals. Displayed data is generally indicative of ambient conditions, however, it has not been reviewed, validated, nor processed for baseline drift and other fluctuations by qualified technicians. Final processed and validated data values may vary from values displayed on this site. A displayed value of 'n/d' indicates air monitoring data is not available at the corresponding time due to scheduled maintenance and/or instrument calibration. Charted data is locked to the range of the analyzer by default, and can be unlocked by the appropriate control. To access quality-checked and validated historical data, please visit the Alberta Government's airdata warehouse: http://airdata.alberta.ca/

Historical Monitoring Data
 

PLEASE NOTE: When ambient concentrations of any pollutant WBEA measures exceeds the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objective, WBEA has an immediate Reporting Protocol that is put into action. WBEA analyzers continuously monitor ambient air, and in the event of an exceedence the following steps are taken:

1 - The data collection system automatically sends out alarm notifications to WBEA personnel and an independent third party alarm monitoring company. 

2 - The alarm company acknowledges the incoming alarm and reports the data and supporting information such as wind conditions, locations, time, etc, to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) in real time, or as soon as becoming aware of it.

3 - AEP uses the data and information from WBEA to follow up as appropriate.