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01-03-2011

Clarkson University's Hopke to Chair International Panel for Review of Joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring Plan

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- An expert panel has been established by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency (AEMERA) and Environment Canada to conduct an external peer review to evaluate the scientific integrity of the implementation of the Joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) environmental monitoring in the oil sands region since the launch of JOSM in 2012.
 
Philip K. HopkeThe panel will be chaired by Clarkson University Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor Philip K. Hopke, director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science, and is composed of U.S., Canadian and European scientists who will assess the rigor of the science for oil sands monitoring, transparency, and the use of internationally recognized standards and protocols.

The panel will deliver its final report this fall, which will, in part, help determine the next steps on the oil sands monitoring design and implementation.
 
Hopke’s research is primarily related to particles in the air, including particle formation, sampling and analysis, composition, and origination. His current projects are related to solid biomass combustion, receptor modeling, ambient monitoring, and nucleation.

He has served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and a member of a number of National Research Council committees. He was a member of the NRC Committee on Energy Futures and Air Pollution in Urban China and the United States, the Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter, and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States.

Hopke is a member of the International Statistics Institute and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He is also a fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research, where he has served in various roles, including president, vice president, and as a member of the board of directors.

See the full AEMERA news release at http://aemera.org/news/news-releases/international-panel-to-conduct-science-integrity-review-of-three-year-joint-canada-alberta-oil-sands-monitoring-plan.aspx .

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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