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 growth in Alberta is influencing agricultural land from the standpoints of its use, its value, and even the way it is perceived by the public. 

Though the project will not wrap up until 2016, members of the research team has already began to share their work. One of the project's first papers, "Impacts of fragmentation and neighbor influences on farmland conversion: A case study of the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor, Canada," will be published in the November edition of the journal Land Use Policy (Volume 48, November 2015, Pages 482–494).

The publisher of this journal has provided free access to the article until September 4, 2015, so those interested in learning more may read or download it by clicking here.

To learn more about this project, visit its project page, and download the research team's first year report. Stay tuned to this website for more information.