April 14, 2016

Wetlands Research Strategy: Supporting Engagement

What research strategy can best contribute to the understanding of wetlands in Alberta? The Government of Alberta is assisting with engagement to find out. One of three strategic directions under the Alberta Wetland Policy calls for the development of "effective tools, knowledge and capacity" around wetlands. In accordance with this objective, some funds collected for the restoration of wetlands across…

April 8, 2016

Land Use 2016: Regional Planning for Ecosystem Goods and Services

Click here to Register for Land Use 2016! Discussing our environment in the context of ecosystem services has become increasingly common in recent years, but what does that term mean, and how can it influence policy and planning? Ecosystem services are natural environmental processes that directly contribute to human society. The latter part of that definition is crucially important: all ecosystems…

February 9, 2016

Loss or Gain: New Article Published by ALI Research Team

The Alberta Land Institute's three-year project Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta is examining the province's agricultural landscape. Led by Principal Investigators Dr. Scott Jeffrey and Dr. Brent Swallow, along with Co-Investigators Dr. Feng Qiu and Dr. Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, this research is helping create a clearer understanding of the ways in which rapid…

December 7, 2015

Engaging The Experts: Irrigation Research Team Hosts Workshop In Lethbridge

How might a certain policy influence water demand in Alberta, under specific climate or economic conditions? No model can predict the future with perfect accuracy, but by providing quick and easy-to-use simulations based on real-world data, systems models like the ones being developed for ALI's project Systems Modeling and Sustainable Land and Water Policy in Alberta’s Irrigation Sector can highlight…

November 13, 2015

Alberta’s Land Use Change in Context: How does the rate of agricultural land conversion and fragmentation in Alberta compare to other jurisdictions?

By Quentin Lau, Research Associate The continued rapid growth of Alberta's resource sector and urban population has made an impact on the province’s landscape, but do we know by how much? Statistics Canada has indicated that Alberta, and particularly the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, are seeing faster population growth than anywhere else in Canada. Is that expansion leading to fragmentation and…