Developing a Functional Approach to Assessment of Land Capability: Utilizing Ecosystem Water and Carbon Nutrient Fluxes as Integrated Measures of Reclamation Performance

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  • This report synthesizes over 15 years of research (and 64 site-years of data) on water use, carbon assimilation, and associated ecosystem development on reclaimed oil-sands-mine sites and on non-mine reference sites. A key feature of this research is the use of eddy-covariance methods to make integrative measurements of ecosystem performance. This approach uses instruments mounted on towers above the vegetation canopy to take continuous measurements of the atmospheric products of ecosystem function, specifically water and carbon dioxide exchange. (As cited in Summary.)

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