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Alberta's Environmental Science Program

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


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

Scientific paper: Downstream Modification of Mercury in Diverse River Systems Underscores the Role of Local Conditions in Fish Bioaccumulation
Date published: March 2022
Authors: Emmerton, C.A., Drevnick, P.E., Serbu, J.A., Cooke, C.A., Graydon, J.A., Reichert, M., Evans, M.S., and McMaster, M.E.

Report: Chloride in Surface Waters of Alberta’s Rivers – Condition of the Environment Report 2021
Date published: March 2022
Authors: Laceby, J.P., Chung, C., Kerr, J.G.

News release: Supporting chronic wasting disease vaccine research
Date published: January 2022
Authors: Government of Alberta

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]

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