An analysis of non-structural flood-management measures in Shanghai, China

This research project will involve analyzing non-structural flood management measures in Shanghai, China - one of the world's most flood vulnerable cities. The Chinese government has invested heavily into structural barriers to flooding, such as the Three Gorges Dam, but there is no fail-safe in times of extreme flood levels. Despite extensive research, there is no information in English literature on the use of public-education and outreach by the government to better prepare Shanghai's most vulnerable residents.

Development of combined membrane filtration, electrocoagulation, and adsorption processes for treatment and reuse of laundry wastewater

The wastewater from laundries (greywater) is contaminated by several products and requires specific treatment to remove the various contaminants that are hazardous to the environment. Therefore, appropriate treatment system must be applied in order to reuse wastewater and minimize its release into the nature. The objective of this project is to develop a process for treatment of these kinds of wastewater without addition of chemicals by utilizing combined membrane filtration and adsorption processes.

Linking avalanche danger ratings to the conceptual model of avalanche hazard

Avalanche Canada and Park Canada publish avalanche bulletins daily to provide backcountry users with information on avalanche hazard. Since 2010, Canadian bulletins follow the recently developed conceptual model of avalanche hazard (CMAH), which describes the key components of avalanche hazard and how to combine them into an overall assessment. However, the CMAH does not provide guidance on how hazard assessments relate to danger ratings on the North American Public Avalanche Danger Scale, a crucial tool for avalanche risk communication and a central component of avalanche bulletins.

Electric bus demonstration and integration trail

Electrification of transit vehicles is a part of Ontario’s long-term strategy to reduce transportation-related GHG emissions. However, transit agencies and utility/local distribution companies face significant technological and operational hurdles in integrating “off the shelf” electric bus technologies. This project aims to overcome the social and technical challenges associated with a lack of international standardization for overhead charging systems.

Développement d'un outil d'analyse technico-économique des modes de restauration et évaluation de l'impact de la végétation sur le bilan d'eau des digues en stériles miniers du parc à résidus de la mine Canadian Malartica

Les mines à ciel ouvert produisent une importante quantité de rejets accumulés sur le site minier en période d?exploitation. Une fois les activités de la mine terminées, le site doit être restauré de manière à ne plus générer de contamination et à être remis dans un état visuellement acceptable. Afin d?assurer une restauration efficace des aires d?accumulation des rejets miniers, la mine Canadian Malartic teste directement sur son site, depuis quelques années, diverses méthodes de restauration pouvant être utilisées.

Sustainability Planning and Performance Assessment in the District of North Vancouver

The Centre for Sustainable Development at Simon Fraser University is a leader in sustainable development theory and practice. The Centre conducts sustainable development research in BC and worldwide; carries out sustainable development projects in partnership with communities and agencies, and facilitates effeicient use of university resources in responding to requests for assistance on sustainable development issues. The North Shore Community Foundation envisions a healthy and vital community with enhanced quality of life for all.

Evaluating the potential and active mechanisms of methane mitigating additives utilized in dairy manure lagoons

The emission of methane, which has the ability to trap heat 25 times more than carbon dioxide, is lost during dairy manure processing and storage in lagoons before land application. The proposed research shall evaluate for the first time three new methods of reducing these emissions. The methods that shall be investigated include a novel synthetic enteric methane formation inhibitor (3-nitroxylpronanol), Penergetic g and biochar (charcoal) in pilot-scale systems. In addition, the mechanism by which these additives reduce the emission of methane shall be investigated.

Water Monitoring: Instrumentation and Software Research Project (2)

The Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law Project (SWGIL) is funded by a SSHRC Partnership Grant. A key goal of the project is to create a prototype of an Indigenous-led, community-based water monitoring program. .By synthetizing modern technologies, with traditional stewardship practices, the project will empower Indigenous individuals and communities to actively engage in monitoring, protecting and conserving fresh water resources.

Understanding the Influence of Partnership Structure on the Outcomes of Community Sustainability Plans

The intern’s study builds on an international survey previously completed in partnership with ICLEI. The study aims to test key structural features in the partnerships for implementing community sustainability plans and how these features are related to plan outcomes (i.e., sustainability progress). To study structure features, the intern will test key factors, such as partner engagement, decision-making systems, communication process & monitoring/reporting procedures, and their relationships with outcomes. This will be done through statistical analysis. The ways community resources (e.g.

Evaluation and improvements to quantitative models for predicting en route loss in Fraser sockeye salmon

Fraser River sockeye have become more difficult to manage due to climate change and increasing high adult in-river mortality events. Currently, managers use the difference between estimated lower river sockeye abundance at Mission hydroacoustic station and estimates of abundance attained on the spawning grounds through stock assessment; referred to as difference between estimates (DBE’s).