Understanding and managing the cumulative effects on the Athabasca River watershed.

COSIA members are further enhancing their understanding of the cumulative effects of oil sands operations on the Athabasca watershed.

This work focuses on discerning natural from man-made (anthropogenic) effects and assessing the feasibility of enhanced environmental effects monitoring. Specific projects include:

  1. Natural and Anthropogenic Inputs to the Athabasca River (Syncrude with Canadian Natural, Shell, Suncor, Teck, Total)
    Three-year University of Alberta study conducted jointly with Alberta Innovates — Energy and Environment Solutions to assess the relative impact on aquatic ecosystems from recent human developments compared to natural contributions.