Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 945–959, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-945-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 945–959, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-945-2021
Research article
08 Feb 2021
Research article | 08 Feb 2021

Quantifying fugitive gas emissions from an oil sands tailings pond with open-path Fourier transform infrared measurements

Yuan You et al.

Related authors

Methane emissions from an oil sands tailings pond: a quantitative comparison of fluxes derived by different methods
Yuan You, Ralf M. Staebler, Samar G. Moussa, James Beck, and Richard L. Mittermeier
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1879–1892, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1879-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-1879-2021, 2021
Short summary
Liquid–liquid phase separation in organic particles containing one and two organic species: importance of the average O : C
Mijung Song, Suhan Ham, Ryan J. Andrews, Yuan You, and Allan K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 12075–12084, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-12075-2018,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-12075-2018, 2018
Long-path measurements of pollutants and micrometeorology over Highway 401 in Toronto
Yuan You, Ralf M. Staebler, Samar G. Moussa, Yushan Su, Tony Munoz, Craig Stroud, Junhua Zhang, and Michael D. Moran
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 14119–14143, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-14119-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-14119-2017, 2017
Short summary
Relative humidity-dependent viscosity of secondary organic material from toluene photo-oxidation and possible implications for organic particulate matter over megacities
Mijung Song, Pengfei F. Liu, Sarah J. Hanna, Rahul A. Zaveri, Katie Potter, Yuan You, Scot T. Martin, and Allan K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8817–8830, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8817-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8817-2016, 2016
Effects of molecular weight and temperature on liquid–liquid phase separation in particles containing organic species and inorganic salts
Y. You and A. K. Bertram
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1351–1365, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1351-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-1351-2015, 2015
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Gases | Technique: In Situ Measurement | Topic: Validation and Intercomparisons
Controlled-release experiment to investigate uncertainties in UAV-based emission quantification for methane point sources
Randulph Morales, Jonas Ravelid, Katarina Vinkovic, Piotr Korbeń, Béla Tuzson, Lukas Emmenegger, Huilin Chen, Martina Schmidt, Sebastian Humbel, and Dominik Brunner
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 2177–2198, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2177-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2177-2022, 2022
Short summary
Ozone formation sensitivity study using machine learning coupled with the reactivity of volatile organic compound species
Junlei Zhan, Yongchun Liu, Wei Ma, Xin Zhang, Xuezhong Wang, Fang Bi, Yujie Zhang, Zhenhai Wu, and Hong Li
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 1511–1520, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1511-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-1511-2022, 2022
Short summary
Evaluating uncertainty in sensor networks for urban air pollution insights
Daniel R. Peters, Olalekan A. M. Popoola, Roderic L. Jones, Nicholas A. Martin, Jim Mills, Elizabeth R. Fonseca, Amy Stidworthy, Ella Forsyth, David Carruthers, Megan Dupuy-Todd, Felicia Douglas, Katie Moore, Rishabh U. Shah, Lauren E. Padilla, and Ramón A. Alvarez
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 321–334, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-321-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-321-2022, 2022
Short summary
Estimating oil sands emissions using horizontal path-integrated column measurements
Timothy G. Pernini, T. Scott Zaccheo, Jeremy Dobler, and Nathan Blume
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 225–240, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-225-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-225-2022, 2022
Short summary
Homogenization of the Observatoire de Haute Provence ECC ozonesonde data record: comparison with lidar and satellite observations
Gérard Ancellet, Sophie Godin-Beekmann, Herman G. J. Smit, Ryan M. Stauffer, Roeland Van Malderen, Renaud Bodichon, and Andrea Pazmiño
Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2022-7,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2022-7, 2022
Revised manuscript accepted for AMT
Short summary

Cited articles

Akagi, S. K., Yokelson, R. J., Burling, I. R., Meinardi, S., Simpson, I., Blake, D. R., McMeeking, G. R., Sullivan, A., Lee, T., Kreidenweis, S., Urbanski, S., Reardon, J., Griffith, D. W. T., Johnson, T. J., and Weise, D. R.: Measurements of reactive trace gases and variable O3 formation rates in some South Carolina biomass burning plumes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 1141–1165, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-13-1141-2013, 2013. 
Akagi, S. K., Burling, I. R., Mendoza, A., Johnson, T. J., Cameron, M., Griffith, D. W. T., Paton-Walsh, C., Weise, D. R., Reardon, J., and Yokelson, R. J.: Field measurements of trace gases emitted by prescribed fires in southeastern US pine forests using an open-path FTIR system, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 199–215, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-199-2014, 2014. 
Alberta Environment and Parks: Total Area of the Oil Sands Tailings Ponds over Time, available at: http://osip.alberta.ca/library/Dataset/Details/542 (last access: 22 September 2019), 2016. 
Allen, E. W.: Process water treatment in Canada's oil sands industry: I. Target pollutants and treatment objectives, J. Environ. Eng. Sci., 7, 123–138, https://doi.org/10.1139/S07-038, 2008. 
Bai, M., Suter, H., Lam, S. K., Sun, J., and Chen, D.: Use of open-path FTIR and inverse dispersion technique to quantify gaseous nitrogen loss from an intensive vegetable production site, Atmos. Environ., 94, 687–691, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.06.013, 2014. 
Download
Short summary
Tailings ponds in the Alberta oil sands represent an insufficiently characterized source of fugitive emissions of pollutants to the atmosphere. In this study, a novel approach of using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer along with measurements of atmospheric turbulence is shown to present a practical, non-intrusive method of quantifying emission rates for ammonia, alkanes, and methane. Results from a 1-month field study are presented and discussed.