The program is now available with agenda and summaries of presentations.
Please apply to present via the Abstract Submission Template. The final deadline to submit is Febuary 1st, 2019.
Student travel assistance is available: To apply, please download the request form.
Maintaining soil resilience as a climate adaptation strategy
Soil resilience in the face of wind erosion
Response of tailings sediment microorganisms to petroleum hydrocarbons and their role in tailings management
Watershed resistance and resilience to extreme events: Insights from wildfire and flooding in Alberta
The Alberta Energy Regulator released the Specified Enactment Direction 001 (SED001) Direction for Conservation and Reclamation Submissions Under an Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Approval for Enhanced Recovery In Situ Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Processing Plants and Oil Production Sites in February 2016 (AER 2016). SED001 is a guideline for predisturbance assessments (PDAs), conservation and construction plans (CCPs), annual conservation and reclamation (C&R) report and the Project Level Conservation, Reclamation and Closure Plan (PLCRCP). SED001 replaced the 2014 Manual 010: Guidelines for the Submission of Predisturbance Assessment and Conservation and Reclamation Plan and the Guidelines for Submission of an Annual Conservation and Reclamation Report (AER 2014). SED001 provides guidance for a relatively new EPEA approval requirement for the PLCRCP. Elaine will describe the requirements in SED001 and highlight the differences between SED001 and previous guidelines.
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.
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).
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).