November 2022 Wetland Knowledge Exchange Webinar



Event Date and Time
November 28th, 2022 at 12:00pm MST to November 28th, 2022 at 1:00pm MST

The evaluation of peatland restoration following in situ oil and gas infrastructure disturbances

Meike Lemmer, PhD, Research Scientist at University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf

My PhD was done as a member of the Peatland Ecology Research Group at Université Laval, in collaboration with the Wetland Soils and Greenhouse Gas Exchange Lab at Waterloo University and the NAIT Boreal Research Center.


The research done for my PhD evaluated several peatland restoration approaches following the in situ oil sands well pad disturbances in the Peace River and Cold Lake Oil Sands regions in Alberta, Canada. In the early 2000’s, several approaches of ecological peatland restoration following in situ oil extraction had been tested, including the complete and partial removal of the in situ well pad’s mineral soil, as well as the planting of specific vegetation or natural ingress of plant species. The aim of our work was to evaluate the peatland restoration by assessing the vegetation communities, biogeochemistry, and the return of peatland specific functions, specifically the carbon sequestration function, ten years post restoration. We investigated the species composition, the communities’ flux exchange of carbon dioxide and methane emissions, and the peat accumulation in the restored areas at two decommissioned in situ oil sands well pads near Peace River and Cold Lake, a control area, as well as 28 reference areas. In this webinar, I will share the results of our work and discuss suggestions for peatland restoration in the in situ Oil Sands Regions.

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