The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

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Long-term monitoring of rangeland ecosystem functions on the Mattheis Research Ranch

To better understand the sustainability of ecological goods and services derived from Alberta rangelands, Dr. Carlyle and co-investigator Dr. James Cahill (Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences) have initiated a long-term study that monitors multiple ecosystem functions across both of the UAlberta research ranches (Mattheis and Kinsella). At each ranch, twenty-four permanent sites will be used to evaluate long-term effects of climate and management on plant biomass, including forage production...
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Quantifying the carbon balance of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Dr. Gamon is continuing to measure net carbon uptake at the Mattheis Research Ranch using a combination of eddy covariance and remote sensing methods, validated by independent ground sampling. This work extends previous studies through improved measurement methods and models, and aims to obtain a more complete carbon budget and to deliver a robust model for estimating carbon uptake from remote sensing. This method can be readily applied to larger areas or other similar grassland sites, allowing ...
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