Stories for Stream2Sea: Mapping changing ocean relationships and ACTION in Canadian Communities

Stories are powerful. They weave us together and shape how we see the world. This project invites ALL Canadians to be storytellers for a common cause: the health and sustainable use of the global ocean, and all waterways leading to it.
In Canada, the ocean can be understood as an interconnected expanse encompassing coastal areas, freshwater, sea ice, and the open ocean. The ocean (expanse) is changing rapidly. This project encourages Canadians to share their observations, perceptions, and actions regarding their changing ocean relationships through a form of community science journalism.

Hydrology and geochemical cycling of a complex urban stormwater system

The hydrologic cycle in major cities is influenced by roadways, rooftops, and other features, resulting in greater runoff and poorer water quality. At airport sites across Canada, de-icing compounds can also degrade water quality by altering water chemistry in surface ponds as well as subsurface water (i.e., groundwater). This project aims to characterize water movement between surface stormwater ponds and groundwater at the Calgary International Airport, to better understand the physical connections between these key parts of the hydrologic cycle.

Lithium extraction from oilfield brines

In tandem with increase in demand for lithium products for use in electric cars and electronics, there has been an interest in finding more sustainable lithium production processes as opposed to conventional evaporation ponds and hard rock mining both of which are environmentally intrusive and have high carbon footprint. Recion Technologies, Inc., an Edmonton based startup, has developed a sustainable direct lithium extraction process which can extract lithium from conventional and unconventional resource.

Evaluation of CO2 Storage Potential in the Deep Mannville Coals - Phase 1: Vertical Well Injection Testing

To support blue hydrogen economy processes that generate CO2 as a by-product, and greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration studies in general, the injection and storage of CO2 into deep (~1500m), un-minable coal seams hosted in the Mannville Formation of Alberta will be studied. A vertical (pilot) well will be drilled, cored, and completed in the target Mannville coal seams, and tested to determine the suitability of deep Mannville coals of Alberta for CO2 sequestration.

Improving reservoir shoreline erosion prediction methods: Lessons from the Site C headpond phase

The impoundment of a reservoir can cause erosion that poses risks to public safety and land use around its shoreline. Methods that are currently available to predict shoreline erosion rates and help manage these risks rely on inputs that are challenging to constrain without historical observations, resulting in uncertain predictions that may significantly underestimate or overestimate the risks.

Advancing sea ice monitoring in the Arctic using innovative radar technologies

Year-round sea ice monitoring in the Arctic is critical for understanding and predicting global climate change. Current satellite-based observation shows limitation in identifying sea ice types. This project aims to utilize advanced satellite-based radar imagery to develop novel Arctic sea ice monitoring system. Proposed research aims to contribute towards developing innovative sea ice products through next-generation Earth Observation technology.

Engaging Inuit Communities Using Participatory Video to Document Perceptions and Solutions on Global Changes

Rapid environmental change in the Canadian Arctic has been affecting people by changing their environment, livelihoods, resources, as well as their cultural and biological diversity (IPCC, 2007; Rockström et al., 2009). This research project aims to document resilience and analyse perceptions and solutions related to global environmental changes in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. Using participatory digital tools, youth participants will explore how plastics/microplastics in their environment and climate change affect their traditional foods and subsistence activities.

Sediment Budget of the Lower Fraser River

Sediment processes are regularly disrupted in large sand-bedded rivers and deltas as a result of human development. Development of the Fraser River delta and estuary, associated with sediment dredging, dykes, and flow diversions has been linked to reduced volumes of sediment delivered to the delta front and systematic channel degradation. As a result, the delta may be sediment starved and transitioning from a growing to an erosional state, increasing its vulnerability to oceanic forces (e.g., waves, tidal forces).

Participatory assessment of Aklak (grizzly bear) abundance and distribution in the Kivalliq Region, Nunavut

The objective of this project is to estimate grizzly bear abundance and distribution in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut by combining Inuit traditional knowledge about grizzly bears with genetic data already collected by the Government of Nunavut. Working with the communities of Arviat and Baker Lake, we will use both pre-existing interview recordings and new interview data collected by trained local interviewers so that no researcher from down south needs to visit Nunavut during the pandemic.

Application of Heritage Conservation and Temporary Protection Plans in the Planning Act Process.

This project involves researching and developing templates for heritage conservation plans and temporary protection plans to manage impacts to cultural heritage resources, such as historic buildings and landscapes.