Fort McMurray, Alberta
Since 2003, Dr Carey and his team have been exploring the eco-hydrological response of post oil sands mining landscapes in the Fort McMurray region. There are a wide variety of landform construction practices, resulting in upland and wetland systems that vary widely depending upon soil material, vegetation and their regional setting. The broad goal of the group’s research is to work with industry to understand the hydrology of reclamation watersheds and provide guidance as to the best practices to ensure their success. Currently there are two major foci: i) water and carbon balances of upland systems and comparing these with natural and post-disturbance (forestry and fire) landscapes, and ii) constructed wetland hydrology and carbon balance research. These projects are collaborative efforts with researchers at the University of Waterloo, Carleton University and the University of Alberta.