The Ecology of Alberta’s Land Uses - Looking Backward with Data & Looking Forward with Apprehension

May 10, 2006

Speaker: Brad Stelfox

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Place: Athabasca University Governing Council Chambers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

This presentation will focus on the past, current, and future scale and rate of landscape transformation in Alberta. The human footprint in Alberta is not stationary, but growing at an exponential rate. Although agriculture was most important in transforming landscapes in the 20th Century, its primacy is being eclipsed by the energy sector and human settlements. Conservative estimates of land use suggest that human populations, and the footprints associated with the energy sector and transportation will increase by at least 3 fold by the year 2100.

Dr. Brad Stelfox is an adjunct professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta and the Department of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. In 1995, Dr. Stelfox established FOREM Technologies, which focuses on the interface between human land uses and regional landscapes. Dr. Stelfox has received the Alberta Emerald Foundation Award (2004) and the Alberta Science and Technology Award (2003) for his contributions with the Alberta Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulators (ALCES) model in advancing understanding of land use sustainability issues.

Science Outreach - Athabasca are hosting this event in cooperation with Athabasca University’s Integrated Studies program and Office of the Vice President Academic.

This public presentation will be videotaped to be used later as course material and for general public use.

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