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 bitumen deposits in the Alberta Oil Sands Region (AOSR) occur within the boreal plains ecosystem, which includes conifer, broadleaf, and mixed forests, and a variety of wetlands. The WBEA’s Terrestrial Environmental Effects Monitoring (TEEM) program is designed to detect, characterize, quantify, and report on emission-related effects to terrestrial ecosystems and traditional land resources in the region. The TEEM program monitors air related (cause) impacts on natural ecosystems (effects) so that stakeholders can make informed decisions.

The TEEM program 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 strategic direction of the TEEM program is set by the TEEM Committee, who represent the WBEA’s multi-stakeholder membership. Program activities are delivered by WBEA technical staff and scientists. Program administration and contracting is managed by the TEEM Program Coordinator.

For more information on the TEEM Program, please contact the WBEA.