WBEA uses Portable Air Monitoring Stations to measure air quality in locations where a permanent air monitoring station does not exist. The Northern Lights Portable is currently deployed at the Athabasca Leismer project (Latitude, Longitude: 55.484658, -111.262596).
The Leismer portable measures Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), Nitric Oxide (NO), Total Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), wind speed and direction, temperature and relative humidity.
For more information regarding the Christina Lake Air Monitoring Station, please see the station site documentation.
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.