The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (2009) builds on the province’s Water for Life strategy (2003) and Land-use Framework (2008). Each of these documents works toward toward ensuring the Alberta's resources are developed using sustainable land and water management practices. Alberta has adopted a watershed management approach based on three principles: a safe and secure drinking water supply, healthy ecosystems, and reliable water supplies for a sustainable economy (Water for Life, p.7).
Combined, the four Alberta universities have an outstanding capability in water and environmental science research and are exceptionally well-positioned to become world leaders in this interdisciplinary endeavor with the addition of the six CAIP Chairs. Building on independent strengths at Alberta's research universities, the CAIP Water Network will focus on environmental sustainability and quality for watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, aquatic organisms and water throughout the province. The CAIP Chairs will be united by the two major theme s: managing and protecting watersheds, major river systems and aquatic ecosystems of the prairie, parkland, mountains and boreal forest and applied technology in relation to water policies, impacts of human activities on the water quantity and quality in watersheds and aquatic ecosystems in order to identify deterrents to a sustainable water supply. Through enabling data approaches such as remote sensing to the analysis and application of data management tools such as modelling and data analyses, long term strategies can be identified to manage Alberta's water sheds and ecosystems.
Athabasca University, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge invite individuals with internationally recognized academic and leadership skills in the following areas of the Water Theme to apply for nomination to a Campus Alberta Innovation Chair:
Aquatic Ecosystem Health (U of A) - Filled
Aquatic Health (U of L) - Filled
Computational Sustainability and Environmental Analytics (Athabasca) - Filled
Hydroecology and Environmental Health (Athabasca) - Not Yet Filled
Innovation Policy and Technology Translation (U of A) - Filled
A brief description of the proposed area of investigation for each chair, and who to contact for more information, is available by clicking the chair title above.
We encourage applications from world leaders whose accomplishments have made groundbreaking impacts, including the application of research findings for social and economic benefit. The successful candidates must propose a program of research that demonstrates excellence, originality and innovation, and is of the highest quality. Additional requirements include a PhD and a superior record of, or demonstrated potential for, attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.