ECCC Passive Sampling

Verified and validated SPMD data are available on experimental research data to ascertain whether low concentrations of PACs can be more accurately detected using semi-permeable membrane devices than with water grab samples. Data are available from spring 2012 through winter 2014/15 from sites in the Athabasca, Peace, and Slave rivers, and within the Peace Athabasca Delta. Data are provisional and subject to change pending peer-review of the methods used as this is a relatively new technology and standard methods are not available.

The calculated time-integrated dissolved concentrations generated from the SPMD samples are used to assess detection rates (percent of samples with concentration greater than the analytical level of quantification) for the same compounds measured in the water quality grab samples. To date, this assessment reveals that a greater percentage of samples have detectable levels of PACs in the SPMD samples compared to water quality grab samples from similar sites and time periods.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Alternate Title/Name
Creator ECCC
Contributor OSM
Publisher ECCC
Subject Surface Water Quality
Group/Subgroup Passive Sampling
Parameters PAHs
Data Type Discrete
Temporal Coverage Begins 2012-01-01
Temporal Coverage Ends 2015-12-31
Spatial Coverage Athabasca, Peace, and Slave rivers, and within the Peace Athabasca Delta
Spatial Projection
Usage Considerations or Constraints
Format CSV
Resouce Type Spreadsheet
Language English, French
OSM Asset? Yes
Contact Email