Standard Operating Procedure Measurement of Wind Speed and Direction – Anemometer & Vane System

To obtain timely data for the purpose of air quality assessment, meteorological and climate trend reporting and to meet the requirements for inclusion of the data in provincial and national meteorological databases, a continuous method of measuring Wind Speed and Direction is used. This method is capable of measurement updates at a rate of once every five minutes or faster. Readings from instruments of this method enables the calculation of hourly averaged measurements of Wind Speed and Direction. Commercially available anemometer and vane Wind Speed and Direction sensors are used in the method. This method is applicable to the measurement of Wind Speed and Direction in ambient air in the range of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) or 50 meters per second (m/s) and 0 to 360°. This method adheres to the requirements of the current Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) drafted by Alberta Environment in 1979. In some cases the limits and specifications exceed the requirements of the current AMD and subsequent amendments. It should be considered that the current and any future amendments or drafts of the AMD will be used as the benchmark for requirements and criteria for ambient air monitoring practices conducted in the Province of Alberta. Information used to write this procedure was also taken from sources identified in the reference section.

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Short Name of Publication SOP-018
Deliverable Type SOP
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Program Type OSM
Author Alberta Environment and Parks
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Year of Publication 2008
Publishing Organization Alberta Environment and Parks
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Recomended Citation AENV Air Monitoring and Audit Centre Title: Standard Operating Procedure Measurement of Wind Speed and Direction – Anemometer & Vane System Procedure No: SOP-018 Revision No: 0 (new document) Approved: 2008 Reviewed: 2010