July 23, 2015

Factors and Price: Investigating Agricultural Land Values in Alberta

In February of 2015, Statistics Canada identified two cities as Canada’s fastest-growers, and both are located in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton both saw more than 3.3% population growth from July 2013 to July 2014, and the evidence of this expansion appears obvious to many people who live in the ‘Highway 2 corridor’ –– either in one of the cities, or near Highway 2, which connects them…

July 17, 2015

Fragmentation and Influence: ALI Research Team Publishes Project's First Paper

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 Scott Jeffrey and 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 population…

July 16, 2015

Responses To Change: Studying Reactions to Agricultural Land Conversion in Alberta's Capital Region

The Capital Region of Alberta includes Edmonton and its surrounding counties and municipalities –– an area in which conversion of land from agriculture to 'developed' is increasingly noticeable, because the population is growing at one of the highest rates in Canada. As people living in this area see a great deal of change occurring in a short period of time, what are their reactions, and how…

June 9, 2015

A Basis In Science: Modeling Crop Growth in Alberta's Irrigated Districts

How might the growth of different crops be influenced by changes in water demand? Could a specific water policy encourage or discourage the planting of certain crops, because of their water requirements? These questions could be of great importance to policymakers in Alberta’s irrigation districts, so an ALI research team is building a tool that can address them. The Alberta Land Institute research…

May 13, 2015

Living Laboratories at Impact Innovation 2015

Can plants be used to clean up hydorcarbon spills? Can we better model the likelihood of forest fires? Can we restore your wetland? One of those questions is currently at the heart of an ALI multi-year research project; the others are being explored through research supported by one of our Institute’s most valued partners: Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions –– AI Bio. AI Bio is a research agency…