Research Objectives

CNAES will provide the necessary collaboration from academia, industry and government to develop knowledge about, and provide training on, the relationship between these ecosystem services and stressors (e.g. development, climate change). Research will lead to the production of necessary tools to detect impacts on these systems, create appropriate restoration targets, and provide the understanding essential for policy and management development. Canada’s aquatic ecosystems are tremendously varied, so CNAES takes a watershed-based approach to address understudied systems (i.e. northern wetlands), knowledge gaps associated with forest-stream and lake ecosystems, and linkages across these systems. CNAES will determine how properties of ecosystem services from these systems vary due to spatial and temporal scale in order to provide results that have general applicability, rather than being size or site specific. CNAES will develop understanding and management tools for government and industry through the study of predominant Canadian landscapes.

These objectives will be achieved under the following three research themes:

Theme 1: Coupling the Landscape, Aquatic Ecosystems, Services and Environmental Change in Canada’s North

Theme 2: Healthy Forests, Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems

Theme 3: Quantitative Indicators and Metrics of Ecosystem Services, Health and Function

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