Land reclamation is the process of converting disturbed land to its former or other productive uses. Land reclamation is an interdisciplinary science. It can involve removal of contaminants from soil and water, building soils where they are absent or of poor quality, recontouring topography to reinstate hydrological processes, implementing erosion control measures, creating micro sites to enhance seed germination and seedling establishment and revegetation to appropriate plant species abundance and diversity. Land reclamation is guided by regulated procedures, industry best practices and stakeholder interests.
The Land Reclamation International Graduate School
Land reclamation professionals are increasingly in demand. Our growing human population parallels a rapidly degrading arable land base from urban sprawl, soil erosion, resource extraction and industrial development. Thus, one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century is to reclaim disturbed lands around the world to secure the livelihood of future generations. The Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) helps to meet this challenge.
LRIGS provides collaborative and interdisciplinary training and professional development opportunities to graduate highly qualified land reclamation professionals with the education and experience necessary to take on leadership roles in academia, consulting, government and industry. LRIGS is the first school of its kind in Canada and around the world, open to all undergraduate and graduate students and post doctoral fellows engaged in land reclamation and/or environmental research or programs, at the University of Alberta and other post secondary institutions.
- Yihan Zhao, LRIGS member and PhD student with the Department of Renewable Resources, is featured in the University of Alberta online magazine Folio. To learn more about her research on …Read More »
- By Valerie Miller On June 5, 2021, the United Nations launched the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The aim of this decade is “to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of …Read More »
- Salt affected soils and their relationships with plant communities on reclamation well sites Student: Laura Bony Degree: MSc Supervisor: Dr. M. Anne Naeth Date: September 18, 2020 Time: 1:00 p.m. …Read More »