A&WMA/CPANS Luncheon: Air Quality Trends in Alberta


Air & Waste Management AssociationCanadian Prairie and Northern SectionAirshed monitoring networks have been in existence in the province of Alberta for over ten years. These networks are maintained and operated by partnerships between industry, government agencies, and other stakeholder organizations. Data collected is made available to the public, and may be reported to regulatory bodies. A number of studies have been undertaken to examine trends and relationships between air quality parameters from rural and urban networks. Kevin McCullum will be presenting some of his recent research on the trends observed at urban and rural locations for:

  • ozone and its relationship to oxides of nitrogen;
  • total hydrocarbon and its relationship to hydrogen sulfide, and;
  • inhalable and respirable particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5)

While air quality in Alberta is generally considered to be good, some interesting trends have been observed. For example, higher elevation rural stations upwind of the City of Edmonton tended to have higher levels of ozone than urban and downwind locations. While scavenging reactions between ozone and nitric oxide are a factor in the city, transport of ozone from the upper atmosphere to ground level is occurring in upwind rural areas. In addition, ambient particulate matter trends in urban areas tend to be cyclical and closely following traffic (rush hour) patterns on a daily basis. While this type of trend offers good insights into roadway contributions to urban ambient particulate matter behaviour, the low background levels suggest only minor contributions from other possible sources.About the PresenterKevin McCullum obtained a degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech with a specialty in Land Reclamation, a Masters degree from the University of Alberta with a specialty in water analysis and modeling, and a PhD with a specialty in air quality analysis and particulate matter. Kevin has worked extensively with Alberta airsheds and is presently the project manager for the Palliser Airshed Society. Kevin is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and is involved with various educational programs throughout the Province.About the Luncheon The luncheon is scheduled for December 1st. The luncheon will follow the usual format of a buffet lunch, and I am accepting reservations from now until noon, Wednesday November 29th. Please contact me by e-mail at [email protected].Location: The University of Alberta Faculty Club (11435, Saskatchewan Drive), Papaschase Room (upstairs, right)Date: Friday December 1st, 2006Time: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (registration starts at 11:45)Cost: $20 - A&WMA Members / $30 - Non-Members / $15 - Seniors/Students (includes hot lunch & coffee)Season's Pass: $130 - A&WMA Members / $195 - Non-Members / $85 -Seniors/Students (7 tickets, fully transferable). All prices include GST & gratuities.Payment: Cash or Cheque only.The U of A campus is accessible by light rail transit and bus, a map of the campus is available at: http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca/. I encourage you to use public transit or ride-share. Parking is available in the V-Lot (coin and credit card, $2 for the lunch hour) and Windsor (attendant on duty, $10 deposit on entrance) parking lots (see map - link above).Luncheons ScheduleFall 2006

  • Sept 22 — Biogas & Biofuels - Jim Jones (Alberta Agriculture Food and Rural Development)
  • Oct 20 — LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) / Green Built - Lindsay Weppler Austrom (Stantec)
  • Nov 10 — Understanding Ammonia: the SPAM network and other recent Environment Canada initiatives - Kristina Friesen (Environment Canada)
  • Dec 1 — Air Quality Trends in Alberta - Kevin McCullum (Focus Corporation/University of Alberta)

Winter 2007

  • Jan 5: Cancelled
  • Feb 2: TBA
  • Mar: 2: TBA
  • April 13: TBA

Michael BisagaCPANS Edmonton Luncheon Directorhttp://www.cpans.org

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