Geog 3850 / Envs 3000 Wetlands

Wetlands are defined as “land saturated with water long enough to promote formation of water altered soils, growth of water tolerant vegetation, and various kinds of biological activity that are adapted to the wetland environment” (Alberta Wetland Policy, 2013). In this course, students will learn about the processes that occur within these highly biodiverse ecosystems and will integrate their understanding of wetland process into classification (both observational and using GIS/remote sensing methods) and policy frameworks. We will start by learning about different types of wetlands that exist in Canada (as a focus), wetland processes, reclamation, value, and distribution.