Alberta Soil Science

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19th to 21st, 2019

Soil Resilience and Extreme Events


Delta Calgary South
Calgary, Alberta
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The agenda and summaries of presentations are not yet available.

Abstract Submission

Please apply to present via the Abstract Submission Template. The deadline to submit is January 18th, 2019.

Travel Assistance

Student travel assistance is available: To apply, please download the request form.


Plenary Speakers

Dr. David Sauchyn (University of Regina)

Maintaining soil resilience as a climate adaptation strategy

David will speak about past and future climatic variability, and drought and flood impacts on the various landscapes in the South Saskatchewan River Basin. He will also speak about the importance of maintaining soil resilience as a climate adaptation strategy.
Dr. Frank Larney (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Soil resilience in the face of wind erosion

The widespread adoption of conservation tillage on the Canadian prairies has pushed wind erosion into the background. However, it can still be an issue on irrigated land where more intensive tillage is used, and following wildfires when surface cover is burned off leaving the soil exposed. This presentation will address historical wind erosion in Alberta as well as ways of managing soils to increase their resilience against wind erosion.
Dr. Tariq Siddique (University of Alberta)

Dr. Uldis Silins (University of Alberta)

Professional Development for Soil Scientists and Students

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Oral and poster presentations include: keynote papers focussed on the workshop theme, technical papers within four distinct fields, and volunteer papers. Currently the five technical groups are: Land Use, Soil Fertility, Land Reclamation, Forest, Riparian and Wetland Soils and Pedogenesis and Soil Inventory.


Regional Interaction

The Alberta Soil Science Workshop is held to facilitate regional interaction among professionals in soil science. Typically 100 to 150 participants gather for a 1 to 2 day program.



Workshop participants include a diversity of professionals from private industry (e.g. consultants in agronomy, pedology, reclamation, remediation, and environmental services; chemists from commercial analytical laboratories), government (federal, provincial, municipal) and academia (universities and colleges).


Student Support

The workshop is graduate student-friendly, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance presentation skills in a supportive setting (travel bursaries are available for out-of-town students; awards are made for the best student presentations).

Alberta's Soil Science Symposium since 1962

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