Alberta's Environmental Science Program

Providing data, information and reporting on the condition of the environment in Alberta.

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Alberta's Environmental Science Program


Alberta's Environmental Science Program (AESP) coordinates reporting of scientifically credible data and information about the condition of Alberta's environment, as required under section 15.1 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA).

Led by the Chief Scientist, the AESP collaborates with other levels of government, academic institutions, industry, non-profit organizations, and Indigenous and local communities to enable monitoring and reporting on the condition of Alberta's environment.

The AESP is guided by a multiple evidence-based approach that braids scientific, Indigenous and community-based knowledge to support environmental sustainability and conservation in Alberta.

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Condition of the Environment

The Chief Scientist and the Alberta government are committed to delivering accessible reporting on the condition of Alberta's environment.

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Environmental science at work

Bow River Cumulative Effects Modelling Group works collaboratively to better understand stressors affecting trout in Alberta’s Bow River.

Through citizen science, Albertans can help answer questions on Alberta’s environment and contribute to data and information gaps.

Latest developments

Workshop Proceedings: Alberta Native Trout Science Workshop Proceedings: February 1-3, 2023
Date published: February 2024
Authors: Government of Alberta

News release: Alberta wildlife is ready for its close-up – Researchers are using remote cameras and cutting-edge tools to better study and monitor Alberta’s wildlife
Date published: January 2024
Authors: Government of Alberta

Additional monitoring near the Kearl oil sands site

Information on the Fort Chipewyan Working Group and enhanced monitoring related to the unauthorized releases from the Kearl oil sands mine is available on this page.

Scientific paper: Legacy coal mining impacts downstream ecosystems for decades in the Canadian Rockies
Date published: January 2024
Authors: Cooke, C.A., C.A. Emmerton and P.E. Drevnick

Scientific paper: A Comprehensive Biogeochemical Assessment of Climate‐Threatened Glacial River Headwaters on the Eastern Slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountain
Date published: December 2023
Authors: Serbu, J. A., V.L. St. Louis, C.A. Emmerton et al.

Scientific paper: Thermodynamic and Dynamic Components of Winter Temperature Changes in Western Canada, 1950–2020
Date published: December 2023
Authors: Newton, B., D. Sayanda and B. Bonsal

New publication tool

Review more scientific papers and reports relevant to Alberta’s Environmental Science program via the AESP publication tool. Additional publications will be added as they become available.

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Contact Alberta's Environmental Science Program or the Office of the Chief Scientist:

Email: [email protected]