Air Quality Research and Scientific Applications
Environment Canada has one of the largest groups of atmospheric and emissions research and measurement specialists in Canada. These internationally-recognized experts make significant contributions to the understanding of a variety of air pollution problems, in Canada and abroad.
Environment Canada’s air quality research and applications support federal policies and regulatory initiatives by:
- Characterizing the air that Canadians breathe;
- Monitoring changing air quality and deposition in urban and rural areas across Canada;
- Quantifying/assessing the significance of emission sources from the energy, transportation and industrial sectors;
- Providing scientific and technical knowledge, data and tools to enable decision-makers to better assess and manage the risks posed by chemical substances to human health and the environment (e.g., through the Chemicals Management Plan);
- Developing analytical and regulatory tools such as reference methods, codes of practice, and guidelines to better measure and manage the use, release or disposal of chemical substances;
- Developing and conducting programs to test and audit compliance against government regulations;
- Determining domestic and international contributions to Canadian air pollution; and
- Developing and applying models that support emission reduction strategies and air quality forecasts.
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