Funding for LRIGS has been provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through the Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE). Funding and in kind support are contributed from the University of Alberta.
LRIGS is recruiting students worldwide at masters, doctoral and post doctoral levels.
LRIGS will provide collaborative and multidisciplinary training in land reclamation science. Students will enhance their knowledge of disturbance impacts and structure and process in ecosystem development after disturbance, and determine how these disturbances can be directed for a desired land use via reclamation practices. Students will incorporate economic values and social objectives into development of reclamation strategies.
LRIGS has the following research objectives.
- To enhance knowledge of structure and process development and their functional connection in newly designed, post disturbance terrestrial systems by analysis of reclamation processes and landscape development.
- To develop new techniques and adapt conventional ones to study initial ecosystem processes to better understand regeneration potential of reclamation landscapes.
- To develop innovative land reclamation strategies.
- To test economically, ecologically and socially sound management options.
In this unique and innovative training program, research and teaching will be conducted on disturbed lands in Canada, Germany and other collaborating countries in association with industry and regulatory partners. Research will encompass implementation of reclamation strategies from micrometre to kilometre spatial scales and from short to long term temporal scales. Students will conduct field research at a landscape, operational scale, with field size equipment, and laboratory research and simulation modeling in modern, efficient facilities. Training will provide students with an understanding of current world practices and challenges and will facilitate rapid transfer and implementation of reclamation knowledge into regulatory regimes and into industrial regimes without the need for large scaling up stages.
LRIGS will enhance student mobility and broaden their experiences for national and international careers in land reclamation in academia, government and industry. They will gain the skills to expand scientific knowledge and to communicate with, and transfer research results to, stakeholders and the general public. They will have access to, and interaction with, leading scientists and industry and regulatory personnel around the world.
Graduate students and post doctoral fellows successfully completing the program will be issued an LRIGS certificate signed by the Director and the University of Alberta's Vice-President (Research).
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