Forest Meteorological Tower Data
Meteorological data from WBEA’s six remote instrumented towers are available for download under the Historical Monitoring Data tab at: http://wbea.org/monitoring-stations-and-data/historical-monitoring-data
The six, 30-metre tall, solar-powered meteorological towers The six meteorological towers are located throughout the region at WBEA Forest Health Monitoring sitesJack Pine (JP) Plots (JP104, JP107, JP201, JP213, JP311, and JP316) and form a regional network encompassing the Athabasca Oil Sands mining area. These towers provide essential data from outside the Athabasca River valley, where few continuous data sources exist. . Instruments on the towers provide Continuous data on wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and relative humidity are collected at four levels per tower, from above-and-below within and above the jack pine canopy, and conform conforming to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s CASTNET Multi-Layer Model (MLM) requirements. Tower data are streamed downloaded to WBEA’s database by satellite and cellular /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.