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The Continuous Non-Methane Hydrocarbon (NMHC) Measurements Study was a measurement program carried out at the Centre for Atmospheric Research Experiments (CARE) at Egbert, ON. Approximately 30 C2 to C8 hydrocarbons were collected and analyzed every three hours by an automated, in-situ gas chromatograph system. Data were collected continuously since from March, 2001 to February 2011. The objectives of the study were to collect speciated hydrocarbon data for assessing clean and polluted air masses that arrive at the site to track long term trends in of NMHC mixing ratios in this quickly developing rural area to provide input for chemical transport models and other special studies carried out at the site, and to provide a long term intercomparison data set with co-located NMHC canister sampling carried out every third day by the National Air Pollution Surveillance Network (NAPS).
The Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CAPMoN), operated by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is designed to study the regional patterns and trends of atmospheric pollutants such as acid rain, smog, particulate matter and mercury, in both air and precipitation. The network began operating in 1983. CAPMoN updated and replaced two older networks known as the Canadian Network for Sampling Precipitation (CANSAP) and the Air and Precipitation Network (APN). The integration of APN as part of CAPMoN extended the data record as far back as 1978.
Ground level ozone (GLO3) was measured at the Alert, Nunavut research station (82º28’N, 62º30’W) from 31 December 1991 to 31 December 2003. These measurements were conducted to: 1. determine a long term trend in background ozone, and 2. to understand the annual appearance of surface level ozone depletions that start in mid-March ( just after the time of polar sunrise) and extend into June. Ozone depletion events have also been correlated with atmospheric mercury depletion events. Many field studies have been carried out at Alert to unravel the reason for this phenomenon.
The Canadian Brewer Spectrophotometer Network (CBSN) monitors the total thickness of the ozone layer (known as total column ozone) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation at selected monitoring locations across Canada. The objectives of the network are to provide long-term stratospheric ozone data for periodic assessment of the state of ozone layer; use the data for validating satellite ozone data (total ozone and UV); and provide long-term data of spectral UV for biological effect studies (e.g., vitamin D production), ozone data for Environment Canada UV index forecasts, and data for studying current and emerging issues such as climate change (stratosphere).
The Canadian Ozonesonde Network measures vertical profiles of ozone from ground level up to 36 km altitude across Canada. The objectives of the network are to provide long-term stratospheric and tropospheric ozone data for periodic assessment of the state of the ozone layer, to validate satellite ozone data and air-quality model output, and to provide data for chemical data assimilation and for studying current and emerging issues such as climate change.
On-going monitoring of the total column ozone and spectral ultraviolet radiation (UV) in Canada is carried out by the Canadian Brewer Spectrophotometer Network (CBSN). The data are used for periodic assessment of the state of the ozone layer, satellite data validation, and in forecasting ECCC’s UV Index. The UV Index values are derived from spectral UV measurements. All locations make total column ozone and spectral UV measurements using Brewer spectrophotometers.
Ground level ozone and meteorological parameters were measured at the Mount Sutton research site from October 1986-June 2008. The main objectives of these measurements were:
- to characterize high elevation (845 m.a.s.l.) ozone levels in this rural region; and 2. to determine long term ozone trends, particularly background levels. Ozone was measured with a commercial Thermo Environmental Instruments Model 49 instrument based on the principle of ultraviolet absorption by Ozone.
Ground level ozone measurements, sometimes referred to as in situ measurements are those measurements that occur close to the ground, i.e. within the boundary layer which is approximately 1 kilometre in height. Ongoing network measurements from the Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CAPMoN) and studies such as those from Alert, NU and Mount Sutton, QC are also included within the published data sets. In CAPMoN, measurements are made every minute and averaged at five minute intervals.
Ground-level ozone can cause a variety of health effects, including coughing, irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, chest discomfort, shortness of breath and decreased lung function. You are more sensitive to ozone if you have an underlying breathing condition.
Air emissions from oil sands development can come from a number of sources including industrial smokestacks, tailings ponds, transportation, and dust from mining operations. Air quality monitoring under the Joint Canada-Alberta Implementation Plan for the Oil Sands is designed to determine the contribution of emissions from oil sands activities to local and regional air quality and atmospheric deposition both now and in the future. Ambient air quality data include:
Filter Pack (24-hour integrated concentrations of particle-bound SO2-4, NO-3, Cl-, NH+4, Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+ and gaseous SO2 and HNO3 collected daily by the Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network)
Total Gaseous Mercury (hourly mixing ratios measured by the Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network and Prairie and Northern Region)
Atmospheric speciated mercury (Hg) (2-hour average concentrations of gaseous elemental Hg (GEM), reactive gaseous Hg (RGM), and Hg on PM2.5 (total particulate Hg - TPM)
Comprehensive set of measurements collected from an aircraft (various time resolutions) covering an area of 140,000 km2 over the oil sands region
Comprehensive set of measurements collected from the Fort McKay Oski-ôtin monitoring site
Ozone (hourly mixing ratios measured by the Canadian Air and Precipitation Monitoring Network)
Ozone Vertical Profiles (ozone mixing ratios as a function of height) measured by the Canadian Ozone Sonde Network
Aerosol Optical Depth (measure of the degree to which the presence of aerosols in the atmosphere prevents the transmission of light, from the ground to the top of the atmosphere) measured as part of the AErosol RObotic CANadian (AEROCAN) network
Satellite overpass data have a relatively high spatial resolution over the Oil Sands region to produce images and geo-referenced data of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) “vertical column density” (which correlates with surface concentration)