Mapping land-based renewable energy production opportunities: a systematic approach for integrated land-use and energy planning

The initiative is best described as two interwoven threads: mapping renewable energy potentials at the landscape scale, and using these maps to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue to identify acceptable locations for particular kinds of RE development. The Project Team will use the Town of Caledon, located in the Region of Peel, and the City of Markham, located in York Region as pilot case studies for this initiative.

Framework for assessing environmental threats to marine endangered species and creating shipping management scenarios

Marine species are threatened by a growing number of human activities occurring in our seas and oceans. Understanding the consequences of pollution, for instance, requires combining information relative to the distribution of pollutants in marine environments with information relative to the spatial distribution of marine species. Our project aims at creating a framework for the assessment of marine species exposure to pollutants such as noise, light and toxic chemical compounds. The project consists of two phases: framework design and testing.

The effect of changes in the design of a debris-flow barrier on sediment transport and deposition during large floods and debris flows: A physical model of Cheekye River

The project will study the effects of large debris flows in the Cheekye River using simple and low cost physical models, which could be used to study a wide range of problems in geomorphology and river engineering in the future. Here, we will test their performance and write guidelines for their application in BGC’s steep creek assessments.

Understanding sub-snowpack Carbon Dioxide Flux Measurements made with Eosense’s eosFD chamber

This project will use customer data, and laboratory and field testing to examine and improve the ability of a carbon dioxide flux chamber to measure gas emissions underneath snow in order to provide monitoring of remote, harsh weather environments. Reliable gas emission measurements during the winter could provide Important infonnatlon about climate change.

Total synthesis of anthocyanins for the prevention of cognitive decline

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease affecting more than >45 million individuals worldwide with numbers expected to reach >135 million by 2050. The multifactorial nature of AD hinders the development of therapeutic treatments and, as such, several drug candidates have failed in clinical trials. Polyphenolic compounds have the ability to reach the brain and target the multifactorial aspects of AD.

Net Zero Energy Strategies and Quick Assessment Tool for multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) in Toronto

Buildings are responsible for a third of the total carbon emissions worldwide. Net zero building is a type of building that produces as much energy as it consumes, and it has a great potential for energy and carbon reductions. This research aims to study how multiunit residential buildings (MURBs) (e.g. condominiums) in Toronto can become net zero, as well as to create a simple tool in order to quickly assess whether becoming net zero is feasible. The partner organizations are among the leaders in pushing the residential development industry to higher energy performance standards.

Use of non-invasive wildlife detection data to identify habitat of importance to focal species in a conservation and forestry matrix

Understanding how many animals live in a given area, and how those animals move from one place to another, is centrally important for properly conserving and managing landscapes. This project aims to study grizzly bear populations in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, BC. It will use DNA data collectively non-invasively from grizzly bears at sampling stations throughout the region.

Integrating high resolution remote sensing of multi-scale hydrogeomorphology into long-term river management - Year two

Large northward-flowing boreal rivers are an important hydroelectric resource, but effects of river regulation on downstream geomorphology and aquatic ecosystems are difficult to predict. Peace River, BC presents an ideal case study of river response to regulation, with continuous monitoring since dam construction in 1967. However, current understanding of system changes is based mainly on periodic ground-based measurements that may be less sensitive to characterize complexity at the scales at which the river responds.

Alberta High Resolution Wetland Inventory Methodology Development - Year two

This project aims to operationalize innovative methods for developing cost effective wetland inventories across Alberta by use of numerous sources of remote sensing data, namely light detection and ranging (LiDAR), synthetic aperture Radar (SAR), and optical imagery.

Long-Term Transportation Alternatives for Metrotown Redevelopment

Private car dependence represents a significant problem and a major obstacle towards a more sustainable future. A good combination of different modes of transportation can create an opportunity to overcome this issue. In this sense, integrating car sharing into Transit Oriented Development can be an ideal combination to promote a smart and sustainable development. This research will examine specific aspects of the relationship existing between car sharing and the public transit infrastructure.

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