We use GPS and portable monitors to map map fine particulate air pollution from wood burning in BC communities in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
As part of the Border Air Quality Study, SSRL researchers Eleanor Setton and Karla Poplawski had the opportunity to learn about mobile monitoring. Since then, they have established a mobile monitoring unit at the SSRL with four Radiance Research M903 nephelometers (two of which belong to the Vancouver Island Health Authority) and two GPS units.
We have used our mobile monitoring units to study the impact of backyard burning on air quality in our region, the effect of beach fires on residential neighbourhoods in the Comox/Courtenay area, and have provided equipment and training to a number of communities, including Campbell River, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Sooke and Grand Forks for conducting mobile monitoring to identify areas impacted by woodsmoke from residential heating and help target woodstove exchange programs.
Current locations of our nephelometers:
All currently at home in the SSRL.
Special thanks to former SSRL Researcher Karla Poplawski for her significant contributions to many of these projects.