York Athabasca Jack Pine Tower Field Work Update

At approximately 100 ft,  the tower reaches as high as the surrounding canopy. (Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

At approximately 100 ft,
the tower reaches as high as the surrounding canopy.
(Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

Earth and Space Science Masters student Tim (Kaiti) Jiang and supervisor Mark Gordon spent the last two weeks of July installing an instrumented 30m tall telescoping  tower in Northern Alberta.

The York Athabasca Jack Pine (YAJP) tower is situated in the middle of the boreal forest north of Fort McMurray, surrounded by oil sands mining and upgrading  facilities.  Measurements on the tower include aerosols, black carbon, dust and particulate, ozone, CO2, radiation (PAR, UV, SW, and LW), temperature, moisture, winds, and turbulence.

The tower will remain in the forest for at least a year and will send data back to York with a cellular modem.  This study will help us understand how pollutants from the oil sands facilities interact with the forest environment and how turbulence and pollutant mixing develops in forest canopies.

Featured image: MSc student Tim Jiang and contractor Mike Solohub prepare to install the tower.

By: Mark Gordon

Tim works to set up instruments and download data at the tower base.  (Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)

Tim works to set up instruments and download data at the tower base.
(Photo Credit: Mark Gordon)