Creating better DEMs through targeted field sampling and aligned interpolation algorithms

Earth elevation data is an important tool that helps scientists predict how rivers will respond to large floods and increased inputs of rocks and sand. Recent technological advances in elevation data collection are very effective for dry land, but much less effective for the wetted parts of the river. This causes gaps in the elevation data, which researchers generally fill by either 1) collecting underwater elevations or 2) using math equations to predict elevations.

Watershed Health Analysis on the Chilako River Corridor in British Columbia

The Chilako river is a 6th order river located approximately 15km west of Prince George, British Columbia. It serves as a main tributary to the Nechako River and is identified as a key spawning habitat for salmon in central British Columbia. However, disturbances such as agriculture, forest harvesting, forest fires and the Mountain Pine beetle have dramatically changed the ecosystems in the area. Landowners and residents have observed changesand expressed concern about flooding, deforestation, and stream bank erosion.

Emerging seismic monitoring techniques to understand microseismicity at a shallow CO2 injection site - Year two

Carbon Capture and Storage is projected to play a key role in achieving the federal government’s target of reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. CMC Research Institutes, in partnership with the University of Calgary, has established the Containment and Monitoring Institute Field Research Station (FRS), a state-of-the-art testbed facility to develop, test and validate monitoring technologies, and to accelerate innovation and commercialization of geological carbon storage domestically and internationally.

How much room for the river? Balancing societal and environmental targets in river management and restoration

River management aims to balance environmental needs such as habitat against the protection of infrastructure (e.g. roads, pipelines, property) from flooding, erosion, and other geohazards. The ability to effectively navigate this trade-off stems from a fundamental understanding of how rivers function. However, management projects often rely on highly simplified models of river processes (such as sediment transport) that are subject to significant uncertainties, and subsequently, these projects are often ineffective.

Renewable Energy in Remote Indigenous Communities

Remote Indigenous communities governed by Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) will be engaged in a multi-criteria geospatial evaluation. The focus of the internships is to research the factors that can constrain and enable renewable energy (RE) development in the communities. The geospatial assessment will be based on structured cartographic modelling and map overlays that are informed by community participation.

Optimizing Exploration Success at the Iska Iska Polymetallic Project

Mining employs ~400,000 Canadians and generates billions of dollars for the Canadian economy. Western University and Eloro Resources Ltd. recognize that innovation is central to responsible resource exploration and extraction. Canada is a world leader in mineral exploration and mining technology, but discovery of new mineral resources has declined, despite increasing exploration expenditures.

Shrub expansion and grazing capacity in Rocky Mountain Foothills Grasslands

An increase in shrub cover over the past 50-80 years in Alberta foothills grasslands has reduced grazing capacity. The goal of this project is to document the changes in and causes of woody plant cover change on two large working ranches near Longview Alberta.

Modelling land-based mitigation technologies (LMTs) with ALCES Flow: A participatory modelling platform for landscape simulation and ecosystem carbon emission analyses

Wildfire incurs major environmental and economic losses in many areas of the world. Although climate change is playing an important role in changing fire frequency and magnitude, human management strategies can play an arguably comparable role. Managers must choose from a range of strategies to ensure viability of forest stands, but research supporting efficacy of different approaches is not always available. In Venezuela, forests regions are threatened by wildfires originating in adjacent Savannas.

Controls on roof failure during potash mining in southern Saskatchewan: An investigation of the Shadowband Clay

The goal of this project is to determine the underlying physical properties that govern unexpected roof failures during mining operations in one of the largest potash deposit regions in the world. Collapses of any kind cause costly downtime and in more severe cases, may result in injuries and casualties for mining personal.

Influence of group health and prey sharing in the evolution of a killer whale social system

Off the coast of British Columbia, Resident Killer Whales are considered at-risk and increasing evidence points to a lack of food (salmon) as one of their main threats. Resident Killer Whales have a complex social structure, where family groups are stable, matriarchal, and form associations with other family groups. The family groups or “matrilines” forage for fish together, often sharing prey. Matrilines are made of varying ages and composition of males and females, with some family members acting as primary foragers and providing the majority of prey sharing between group members.