Ecohydrologic Approach to Wetland Reclamation in Alberta’s Boreal Region
We propose research to address several major reclamation challenges faced by thermal energy projects in Alberta’s oil sands region (Fig. 1). These projects extract bitumen from the oil sands deposit using in situ mining techniques such as steam assisted gravity drainage, resulting in two major forms of disturbance to the peatland dominated boreal landscape: well pads and gravel pits. Our results will provide guidance on selection of reclamation targets and design criteria for reclamation of these two types of disturbance. By first characterizing appropriate natural landscapes and habitats in terms of their climate conditions, hydrology, chemistry, and biological function, we will generate reclamation targets based on the reference condition approach (Bailey et al. 2004) that will meet the criteria of being naturally appearing and self-sustaining, as stipulated in most Approvals under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (GOA 1993).
The following meta-data files describes the majority of the spatial data that has been compiled by members of the research team to date.
Summarizing 2014 Project Research