Interactive Monitoring Map 


AMS 19 - Firebag

(Longitude: -111.0385833 Latitude: 57.25919722)

Wapasu AMS is the result of a partnership between WBEA and provincial and federal governments under the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM).

Wapasu AMS is located on the Husky Sunrise site, northeast of Fort McMurray, and functions as a dual compliance and enhanced deposition station. Along with monitoring for air pollutants specified in the Husky Energy-Sunrise Project approval, Wapasu AMS is also equipped with the additional air quality analyzers and precipitation collectors needed to meet JOSM objectives.

The station is equipped to measure sulphur dioxide (SO2), hydrogen sulphide (H2S), nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), ozone (O3), total hydrocarbons (THC), non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

Wapasu AMS is also equipped to continuously measure wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and precipitation. The meteorological sensors for wind speed and wind direction are located at 10 m elevation, while those for temperature and relative humidity are located at 4 m.

Environment Canada will be installing equipment at Wapasu AMS to measure precipitation amount and chemistry, coarse particulate matter, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in precipitation.

Wapasu AMS is the most easterly of WBEA’s continuous monitoring stations, and is the first of five enhanced deposition JOSM air monitoring stations that are planned for the Alberta Oil Sands Region.

Current Data

Time of Data:
2017-02-20 08:00:00 (Mountain Standard Time)
ParameterHourly AverageAlberta Ambient Air Quality Objective
SO2 0.23 ppb172 ppb
H2S 0.00 ppb10 ppb
O3 16.64 ppb82 ppb
NO 0.00 ppb
NO2 1.32 ppb159 ppb
NOX 1.18 ppb
THC 2.23 ppm
PM2.5 0.73 ug/m3
Temp @ 2M -3.05 deg. C
Wind Speed @ 10m 4.72 km/h
Wind Direction @ 10m 311.40 deg.
Relative Humidity 97.30 %

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 Casa Data Warehouse:

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 & Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) in real time, or as soon as becoming aware of it.

3 - As the provincial regulator, AESRD uses the data and information from WBEA to follow up as appropriate.