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TitleSynthesis: Applying the reference condition approach for monitoring reclamation areas in the Athabasca oil sands region
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCiborowski, J. J. H., Kang M., Grgicak-Mannion A., Rabb D., Bayley S. E., & Foote L. A.
Pagination123 pages
Date Published08/2013
PublisherCumulative Environmental Management Association
Place PublishedFort McMurray, AB
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsanalytical methodology, CEMA, monitoring, reclamation success, UofA

The report provides an overview of the Reference Condition Approach (RCA) concept in assessing environmental condition, discusses limitations in its most common applications (evaluating the biological condition of aquatic systems), and discusses means of adapting the approach for implementation in the oil sands region in support of a monitoring program to track the restoration of biodiversity in areas that have been restored following oil sands mining.


CEMA Contract No. 2010-0029 RWG.

Locational Keywords

Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR)



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