Full Waveform Tomography for Time-Lapse Monitoring

Oil and gas resources are hidden deep within the earth in geological structures which form reservoirs for these fluids. Finding these reservoirs, and monitoring the flow of fluids within these structures requires advanced imaging technologies and algorithms for the successful recovery of these valuable resources. This project will develop a newly proposed mathematical approach to imaging these structures, known as full wavefield tomography (Brenders and Pratt, 2007).

Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing of Advanced Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer Composites

Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites has been widely used in many sectors of industry since 1960s. To ensure the quality and structural integrity of FRP, it is important to evaluate their physical quality and composition both during manufacture and while in use. For this purpose, a number of standardized tests have been developed to evaluate strength, flexibility, extent of wear, and so on. However, most of these tests require destroying the material to obtain relevant information.

Differentiating Sources of Contaminants in Two Lakes in Northern Ontario

The intern will measure the concentrations of organic contaminants (PAHs) and inorganic contaminants (metals) in cores from two lakes in Northern Ontario. One lake has an adjacent industrial site while the second lake represents a control site with no associated industry. Comparison between the lakes will determine whether contaminants previously measured were associated with the industry or are a result of non-point source atmospheric deposition in the region.

Where are they now? Reviewing and updating SUCCESS’s Youth Leadership Millennium Project in its 10th year

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest immigration and social service agencies in BC. This project is designed to provide S.U.C.C.E.S.S. with three useful end-products; two consolidated and updated program of operations guides for the Host Program and the Youth Leadership Millennium Project (YLMP), and an evaluative research-based report providing feedback from YLMP graduates. Using participant focused evaluation, the intern will establish the goals for YLMP held by all those involved in the program.

Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) of the Central and North coast of BC

Sandhill cranes are a blue-listed (vulnerable) species in BC, requiring special management of their habitat. Very little is known about the coastal population of cranes or their habitat requirements in BC. The intern will work with the BC Ministry of Environment to conduct an inventory to locate Sandhill cranes and their nests on the central and north coast. Nesting and foraging sites will be characterized in field studies using variables relevant to the biology of the species and to forest management.

Evaluation of a Regionalized Approach Toward Providing Emergency Medical Services in British Columbia: Is Distance to Services a Critical Factor in Injury Mortality?

One of the primary reasons for this regionalization of health care in British Columbia is so that more resources can be spent on direct patient care and less on bureaucracy and duplication. A critical component of this systems approach is equipping selected facilities with the resources to treat the most severely injured patients. Distance to care is hypothesized to be inversely related to patient outcome – as delays in transporting patients to critical care has a known negative effect on mortality and morbidity.

Segmentation and Classification of Sediment Cores Using Computed Tomography

The goal of the internship project with Quester Tangent Corp., a designer and manufacturer of software products and hardware systems that allow clients to manage large amounts of data, is to research and develop techniques for identifying and classifying the composition of sediments in core samples from the sea floor. Core samples are taken from the sea floor by dropping a cylindrical tube into the sediments, closing a door to lock the sediments into the tube and returning the sample for analysis.

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Provenance of the Upper Purcell Supergroup in Southeastern BC: Implications for Syn-depositional Tectonism

This proposal is for a focused study aimed at elucidating the depositional setting of the Upper Belt Purcell Supergroup. The goal of the study is to assess the potential of this Mesoproterozoic sequence for syngenetic mineralization, including SEDEX Pb-Zn and Cu deposits. Our aim is to identify periods of tectonic upheaval within the basin and in the adjacent sediment source terrane, as strata deposited during tectonic pulses show the greatest potential for syngenetic mineralization.

Regional Mapping and Geochemistry of the Chilcotin Group Volcanic Rocks, South-central British Columbia

The intern will map, collect field geophysical data and sample the Tertiary Chilcotin Group (CG) volcanic rocks throughout its known extent in southern BC with the intent of creating a new regional geological map for the CG. The Tertiary Chilcotin Group covers approximately 36,500km2 of Mesozoic and Paleozoic basement rocks which are potentially highly prospective for base and precious metal deposits as well as hydrocarbon deposits in the Nechako Basin. However, the nature, distribution, stratigraphy, thickness variation, age and composition of this voluminous flood are poorly known.

Climate Change Impacts Monitoring of Shoreline Systems in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

The intern’s study will establish a network to monitor coastal erosion and shoreline changes related to erosive water levels and longer-term trends (e.g. sea level rise, storm surges) associated with climate variability and change in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Climate data, water levels, air photos and cross-shore profiles are crucial indicators of coastal responses to climate change yet their availability and continuity are sparse in some regions.