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Investigating air emissions sources in Alberta using satellite, aircraft, and ground-based measurements

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Date and time Feb 11, 2019
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location MP606
Host Erik Lutsch

Cristen Adams

Alberta Government, Environmental Monitoring and Science Division

Investigating air emissions sources in Alberta using satellite, aircraft, and ground-based measurements

 

Abstract: This talk will discuss air quality and greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta, and approaches used to investigate these using satellite, aircraft, and ground-based datasets.  First, I will give an overview of some of the major air issues in Alberta, which include wildfire smoke, winter-time smog, and industrial emissions sources in the oil sands. Then, I will focus on three projects that I have been involved in during the past year: (1) estimating emissions of carbon monoxide, ammonia, and nitrogen oxides during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire using satellite data; (2) investigating sulphur dioxide emissions sources in the Alberta oil sands using satellite data, ground-based data, and industrial emissions monitoring; and (3) quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas development using aircraft measurements.

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