Air quality depends on the rate that pollutants are emitted to the atmosphere and the rate at which these compounds are dispersed away from the sources. Air pollution transport and dispersion are influenced by wind speed and direction, the temperature structure of the atmosphere, the solar cycle, turbulence and changes in these elements induced by local topography.

The interpretation of the continuous and passive data is supported by basic meteorological measurements of parameters that affect the transport and dispersion of emissions.

Meteorological parameters measured in support of the Parkland Airshed Management Zone's Air Quality Monitoring program are:

  • wind speed and direction
  • temperature
  • solar radiation
  • relative humidity
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