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Theme 1: Watershed Assessment


Watershed Assessment Procedure to address cumulative effects in the foothills natural region.

The Eastern Slopes is the origin of much of the water for important rivers such as the Oldman, Bow, and South Saskatchewan. Many of these lands are public forest lands with multiple uses, natural disturbance processes and climate change. [learn more]

Towards Integrated Source Water Management in Alberta.

A project in a series of projects lead by Uldis Silins at UofA addressing the impacts of land use and wildfire on watershed values in the Eastern Slopes, which collectivity make up the Southern Rockies Watershed Project. [learn more]

The groundwater / surface water interactions in the headwater streams and the relative importance in controlling the hydrological response to disturbance. (project info coming soon)

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Watershed Assessment Procedure to address cumulative effects in the eastern slopes natural region.

This project was initiated in 2012 through a contract to Rich McCleary and Earth Systems Institute, and carried on in 2013 by Mike Wagner, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

Impacts of mountain pine beetle on hydrology and vegetation redevelopment in Lodgepole pine forests of west-central Alberta: Phase II  Ecological responses in the grey attack stage

This project is applying the Raven hydrological modelling framework to simulate the effects of timber harvest on streamflow in the Star Creek watershed, Alberta.

This project is a second phase of a controlled experiment simulating the effects of MPB on stands in the foothills, led by Ellen MacDonald.

Understanding the impact of culverts on fish communities and optimization tools for mitigation efforts.

An analysis of how culverts change streams and their fish communities.

Watershed assessment procedures for a Mountain Pine Beetle stand rehabilitation Decision Support Tool.

Description to come.

Exploring the use of GRIAP (Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package) in SW Alberta.

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Theme 2: Long-Term Watershed Research


Longterm watershed research sites in Alberta. (project info coming soon)

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Application of growing self-organizing maps to the data-driven classification of hydrological catchments. (project info coming soon)

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Theme 3: Changing Natural Environments


Modelling the impact of forest harvesting on the flow regime: extending experimental data for forest planning indicators in the eastern slopes.

This project is a second phase of a controlled experiment simulating the effects of MPB on stands in the foothills, led by Ellen MacDonald.  [learn more]

Modelling the impacts of climate and catastrophic forest changes on streamflow and water balance in a mountainous headwater stream. (project info coming soon)

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