Monitoring

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Call for Posters

The Monitoring segment of the 2015 COSIA Innovation Summit is dedicated to presenting an overview of current issues and emerging topics in monitoring related to both the Joint Oil Sands Monitoring System (JOSM) and company monitoring conducted outside of JOSM.

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for posters in keeping with the Monitoring theme:

“Emerging monitoring issues in the oil sands and standardizing monitoring approaches”

The focus of the Monitoring analysis within COSIA is to proactively manage emerging technical environmental issues relative to the oil sands industry, with an emphasis on identifying emerging issues, creating technical reviews and identifying potential Joint Industry Projects for the EPAs. The oil sands industry funds a regional monitoring program with $50M a year that goes to the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluating and Reporting Agency (AEMERA). In addition, oil sands companies spend tens of millions of dollars on additional monitoring related to monitoring requirements under EPEA, DFO, and other permits.

Much of the upcoming work is related to aligning and standardizing monitoring, between companies, across regulations, and across sites to enable better integration and interpretation of data on a regional basis. The Monitoring Section of the Innovation Summit is interested in submitted posters related to methodology comparisons, approaches for adapting and aligning monitoring to improve efficiency, and emerging environmental issues in the oil sands.

Monitoring Topics

The Monitoring segment of the conference will focus on the following areas:

Topic 1 – Standardizing and Aligning Monitoring

  • Methods comparisons for endpoints in regional monitoring
  • Linking site-specific data to regional data
  • Conceptual frameworks for linking monitoring across regulatory frameworks

Topic 2 – Adaptive Monitoring Approaches

  • Triggers to identify noise in data
  • Understanding natural variability
  • Approaches for adapting monitoring
  • Integration

Topic 3 – Emerging Issues

  • Aerial deposition
  • Dust transport
  • Groundwater and surface water interactions
  • Tailings pond emissions
  • Remote monitoring
  • Mobility of metals associated with thermal inputs
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