A Quick Look at Current Air Quality Modelling Being Undertaken by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in the Context of Cumulative Effects Management

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) develops and implements cumulative effects management (CEM) across media (air, land and water) in the context of sustainable development on an ongoing basis. One of the critical aspects to moving toward CEM is to increase requirements for multi-scale and multi-objective assessment and decision making that considers economic and social systems, as well as the ecosystem. Integration of management activities, and also of the modelling undertaken to support management, has become an important thing.
The air quality component of CEM, in the broadest sense, can be characterized as either regulatory or non-regulatory in nature. While both approaches may serve different purposes or have different technical requirements within a CEM system, they are complimentary to one another.
This presentation will highlight some of the regulatory and non-regulatory air quality management currently being undertaken within ESRD in the context of cumulative effects management with a focus on opportunities for synergies across media and possible air model linkages of an information transfer among components of integrated Modelling systems and interfaces to information exchange.

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