Petrochemical and oil refining facilities play an increasingly important role in the industrial context. The corresponding
need for monitoring emissions from these facilities as well as in their neighborhood has raised in importance, leading to
the present tendency of creating real time data acquisition and analysis systems. The use of LIDAR-based techniques,
both for air quality and emissions monitoring purposes is currently being developed for the area of Cubatao, Sao Paulo,
one of the largest petrochemical and industrial sites in Brazil. In a partnership with the University of São Paulo (USP)
the Brazilian oil company PETROBRAS has implemented an Environmental Research Center - CEPEMA - located in
the industrial site, in which the development of fieldwork will be carried out. The current joint R&D project focuses on
the development of a real time acquisition system, together with automated multicomponent chemical analysis.
Additionally, fugitive emissions from oil processing and storage sites will be measured, together with the main
greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4), and aerosols. Our first effort is to assess the potential chemical species coming out of an
oil refinery site and to verify which LIDAR technique, DIAL, Raman, fluorescence would be most efficient in detecting
and quantifying the specific atmospheric emissions.