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.

Development and commercialization of long-lifetime lithium-ion batteries for light electric vehicles

The goal of this project is to develop safe, long-lifetime batteries for light electric vehicles such as E-bikes. The commercialization of such long-lifetime batteries would benefit Zen Electric Bikes to bring a disruptive product to the market, reduce GHG emissions and reach revenue targets.

Structural and Stratigraphic Controls on Gold Mineralization, Ulu Project, High Lake Greenstone Belt, Nunavut, Canada

The intern will determine which factors determine the distribution of gold at the Ulu gold project, in NW Nunavut Canada. This will be accomplished by geologic mapping and examination of drill core at the Ulu site during two summer field seasons. Samples and data collected in the field will be returned to Laurentian University and examined using petrographic microscope and scanning electron microprobes as well as preparation of a geologic map and cross section focused on the structural geologic framework of the deposit.

Harnessing seismic ambient noise with fibre optic technology to monitor tailings dams

Tailings dams, built to retain waste from mining ore, form some of the largest engineered structures in the world. Compared to conventional water storage dams, the rate of tailings dam failures is significantly higher. This research aims to advance best practices for monitoring tailings dams using a novel methodology combining fibre optics with geophysical methods. This method will be applied to understand changes in shear wave velocities at the site over a four-month period, which will be related to changes in the rigidity of the tailings dam.

The people-nature nexus: Exploring relational values of sociocultural and biophysical ecosystem services in Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas

This research will explore the connections between nature and people in Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). These values will be articulated by identifying the ecosystem services (i.e. the goods and services provided to people by nature) and determining which of these hold significant cultural values. These values will be compared using a variety of existing ecosystem service valuation tools.

Optimizing Exploration Success at the Troilus Gold Deposit, Quebec

Mining employs ~400,000 Canadians and generates billions of dollars for the Canadian economy. Western University and Troilus Gold Corp. 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.

Setting of critical-metal bearing ores in the Betts Cove and Tilt Cove volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, Baie Verte, Newfoundland Appalachians

The green transition requires the sourcing of critical metals like copper, zinc, cobalt, and nickel for use in climate change mitigating technology. This internship will train one Masters-level student to study the geological setting and localization of these metals associated with ancient submarine volcanic rocks in the Tilt Cove and Betts Cove regions of the Baie Verte Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Measuring Community Engagement of Kingston’s Decision Making Data Dashboard

The project measures community engagement of Kingston’s economic resiliency dashboard to help inform community economic development and growth strategies. Dashboard users can participate in a voluntary exit survey designed to learn about user’s needs, requirements and patterns of engagement with the dashboard. Interviews with the dashboard partners together with measuring the dashboard’s website traffic will help determine levels and areas of engagement across the community.

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