The committee will support industry’s desire for shared research to develop credible and relevant information to address knowledge gaps in the understanding and management of high priority environmental and social matters related to resource access issues such as caribou, habitat relationship for listed species, wetlands, reclamation, and mitigations.

This collaborative approach will engage subject matter experts, from industry, government, and academia, to identify, prioritize, and manage knowledge gaps resulting in research projects. These research projects will help in development of SMART regulations, best practices, and identification of potential technologies to find cost effective approaches in managing and mitigating environmental footprint of wells, facilities and linear features.

2016 Ecological Public Policy Issues and Knowledge Gaps with Associated Projects

Public Policy Issue Associated Knowledge Gap(s) Project Titles
Caribou moose, deer and predator use of anthropogenic features associated with oil and gas developments
boreal woodland caribou behavioral responses to oil and gas developments
boreal caribou population augmentation
boreal woodland caribou calving habitat selection (predation risk)
Industry-habitat Relationships for Listed Species grizzly bear responses to oil and gas development
  • Grizzly Bear Survival in Oil and Gas Operating Areas
yellow rail presence, population parameters and responses to oil and gas development
amphibian responses to oil and gas development
fish and fish habitat responses to oil and gas development
Canada warbler
other migratory birds
Wetlands wetland ecological valuation, effectiveness of wetland reclamation (function, habitat, hydrology) following a range of disturbance types (both semi-permanent and more temporary disturbances) and on a range of wetland types (permanent lakes and ponds, bogs, fens, peatlands)
  • Monitoring wetland vegetation and reclamation across space and time
Reclamation effectiveness of natural vs managed re-vegetation of seismic lines of various widths, types and habitats (i.e., when can a line come off the map?)
flora and fauna use of (and response to) reclaimed habitats compared to pre-/un-disturbed habitats
Mitigations effectiveness of surveys and predictions for rare plant occurence and mitigation tools to conserve rare plants
effectiveness of techniques to minimize presence of invasive species
  • Assessing and mitigating exposure of non-target wildlife to pest control products in resource extraction areas of Alberta to enhance environmental performance.

Internet of Things for Environmental Monitoring (IoT-EM): A Open Geospatial Internet of Things (IoT) Sensing and Mapping Platform for Environmental Monitoring