Forest Meteorological Tower Data
Meteorological data from WBEA’s six instrumented meteorological towers are available for download under the Historical Monitoring Data tab at: http://wbea.org/monitoring-stations-and-data/historical-monitoring-data
The six meteorological towers are located throughout the region at WBEA Forest Health Jack Pine (JP) Plots JP104, JP107, JP201, JP213, JP311 and JP316. Instruments on the towers provide wind speed, wind direction, temperature and relative humidity at four levels per tower, from above-and-below the jack pine canopy, conforming to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s CASTNET Multi-Layer Model (MLM) requirements. Tower data are streamed by satellite/modem uplink to WBEA’s database and then uploaded to the website.
The six, 30-metre tall, solar-powered meteorological towers form a regional network which encircles the core of the Athabasca Oil Sands mining area and extend outwards to 120 kilometres. The towers provide essential data from outside the Athabasca River valley, where few continuous data sources exist.
The meteorological observations generated are used to characterize wind flow within the 68,454 km2 Wood Buffalo Environmental Association air shed, calculate emission deposition and evaluate ecological data. Currently, the meteorological data are being evaluated to determine if they may be used to improve predictive air quality and deposition modeling.
Historical meteorological and air quality data produced by WBEA’s twenty-two fixed and portable operational air monitoring stations and two decommissioned stations are also available through the above link. Meteorological data are available for the three Environment Canada observing stations (EC01, EC02 and EC03) located at WBEA air monitoring stations within the Athabasca Oil Sands Region.
WBEA’s meteorological towers have been instrumented and strategically placed within the region to provide data which enables stakeholders to make informed decisions.