Specialized Studies

​In addition to the Lower Fraser Air Quality Monitoring Network, Metro Vancouver conducts specialized air quality studies. 
These studies help us to:

  • gather information about an area of particular concern that is not covered by the network,
  • contribute to co-operative air quality research with other agencies, and
  • respond to air quality emergencies.

These short-term studies use a variety of portable instruments or our Mobile Air Monitoring Unit (MAMU).

In case of emergency

When requested by local, regional, provincial or federal emergency services, Metro Vancouver will use air quality monitoring systems as part of an emergency response effort. Data from these systems is used by on-site emergency staff to assess risks to emergency personnel and by health officials to determine the potential health risk of the event to the surrounding population and communities.