ABWRET-A Online/Blended Course

Fall 2020 - Deadline to register is November 6, 2020

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The Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool -Actual (ABWRET-A) is a standardized method for assessing the important natural functions performed by all types of Alberta wetlands using both field and spatial data.  Use of the ABWRET method is required by the Government of Alberta's Wetland Policy, when Water Actapproval is sought and wetlands will be permanently impacted.

A strong understanding of this tool is required at three stages and sign-off points in the Water Act approval process for wetlands:

  • Pre-disturbance Stage as part of the Wetland Assessment & Impact Report (WAIR),
  • Restoration Design Stage as part of the Wetland Restoration Plan, and
  • Final Verification Stage as part of the Verification Report. 

SALMTEC has designed this course to provide participants with a strong understanding of the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool Actual (ABWRET-A). This course targets an intermediate audience with some experience working in natural sciences. The course is primarily instructed by Dr. Paul Adamus, the creator of the wetland evaluation tool, who lends his voice, experience and knowledge to this intensive online course.

Course Format:

This course consists of 8 modules, a two-hour interactive online class, and a final exam. The 8 instruction modules include:

  • 25 instruction elements
  • One to five quizzes per module
  • Four activities

The next interactive online class will be held on November, 20, 2020.

Students have one year to complete this course.

 Online instruction by the creator of ABWRET-A, Dr. Paul Adamus

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Learners will understand the context for using ABWRET-A (green and white areas)
  • Learners will understand the methods used to create ABWRET-A
  • Learners will understand the basic theory behind the wetland functions
  • Learners will receive an in-depth understanding of ABWRET-A indicators and wetland functional models
  • Learners will understand the process of submitting ABWRET-A
  • Learners will understand how to interpret the ABWRET-A results


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