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  • Environment and Climate Change Canada, Atmospheric Science and Technology, Air Quality Research Division
  • University of Toronto, Department of Physics


  • PhD, Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto (2014), with collaborative program in Environmental Studies
  • Environment Canada Atmospheric and Meteorological Graduate Supplement
  • MSc, Atmospheric Physics, University of Toronto (2009)
  • MSc, Astronomy, Queen's University (2007)
  • BSc, Physics, McGill University (2005)



Cynthia H. Whaley, PhD

Physical Sciences Specialist - Air Quality Modelling - Provide scientific support for air quality research

Air Quality Modelling and Integration Group (Downsview-Toronto, ON)

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Research of air quality issues using Environment and Climate Change Canada's air quality forecasting model, GEM-MACH.

  • PAH and benzene version of GEM-MACH
  • update to ECCC's North American PAH emission inventory
  • Development of a bidirectional flux version of GEM-MACH for ammonia


  • using measurements and modelling of North American air quality to help determine policy recommendations


Whaley, C. H., E. Galarneau, P. Makar, W. Gong, M. Moran, C. Stroud, J. Zhang, Q. Zheng Modelling urban PAHs in an air quality forecasting model. In preparation.

Whaley, C., K. Strong, D. B. Jones, T. W. Walker, M. Cooke, P. Fogal, D. Henze, Z. Jiang, C. A. McLinden, M. Pommier, R. Mittermeier, Toronto-area ozone: Long-term measurements and modelled sources of poor air quality events. J. Geophys. Res., 120, 21, 11368-11390, 2015, doi: 10.1002/2014JD022984.

Whaley, C., Strong, K., Adams, C., Bourassa, A. E., Daffer, W. H., Degenstein, D. A., Fast, H., Fogal, P. F., Manney, G. L., Mittermeier, R. L., Pavlovic, B., Wiacek, A., Using FTIR measurements of stratospheric composition to identify mid-latitude polar vortex intrusions over Toronto, J. Geophys. Res. 118, 12766-12783, 2013, doi: 10.1002/2013JD020577.

Griffin D., et al. Investigation of CO, C2H6 and aerosols in a boreal fire plume over eastern Canada during BORTAS 2011 using ground- and satellite-based observations, and model simulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 10227-10241, 2013, doi:10.5194/acp-13-10227-2013.

Vigouroux, C., T. Stavrakou, C. Whaley, B. Dils, V. Duflot, C. Hermans, J. M. Metzger, F. Scolas, G. Vanhaelewyn, J. F. Muller, D. B. Jones, Q. Li, M. De Mazière, FTIR time-series of biomass burning products (HCN, C2H6, C2H2,CH3OH, and HCOOH) at Reunion Island (21oS, 55oE) and comparisons with model data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 10367-10385, 2012, doi:10.5194/acp-12-10367-2012.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Air Pollution & Quality
          Atmospheric chemistry
          Carbon dioxide
          Greenhouse gases
          Photochemical smog
          Volatile organic compounds
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