Date(s) - 2016/11/11
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Using routine monitoring data to identify British Columbia communities impacted by residential woodsmoke
Residential woodsmoke is an under-regulated source of ambient particulate matter (PM), often surpassing traffic emissions in rural communities. In the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada, many municipalities are hesitant to adopt stricter regulations for residential wood burning without empirical evidence that smoke is affecting local air quality. The objective of this study was to develop a retrospective algorithm that uses 1-hour PM concentrations and daily temperature data to identify smoky days and to to prioritise communities by smoke impacts. This information will allow stakeholder agencies to work with local governments on implementing appropriate intervention strategies for the most affected populations.