Space-borne water quality assessment

Understanding river water quality is critical for various purposes such as ensuring drinking water safety, protecting public health and aquatic habitat, monitoring pollution, and disease control. The traditional approach to investigating water quality is by acquiring water samples at fixed-locations, which is time and cost consuming and cannot discover spatial distribution of water quality over a large area. The goal of this proposal is using remote sensing imagery to provide a complementary method to map and monitor water quality in large areas at real time.

The design, development and testing of a collaborative and adaptive root-cause analysis (CARCA) tool in a professional health, safety, environment, and regulatory department

This project aims to test and fully develop a collaborative and adaptive root-cause analysis (CARCA) tool. Designed as an educational technology, the goal of this tool is to enhance learning and retention of knowledge and skills of Health, Safety, Environment, and Regulatory professionals in their incident/accident investigations. The project will extensively test the tool for individual-use andcollaborative-use in the industry partner's multiple departments. It will then identify the benefits and shortcomings of each methodology.

Simulation of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processusing HYSYS

Including an abundant supply of natural gas, British Columbia will become a leading contender for liquefied natural gas (LNG) growth and export, which can support economic activity in the province for over 150 years. Simulation of LNG plants is critical since the investigation and review of critical plant design elements will significantly improve plant performance and the safety and reliability of plant operations. Furthermore, design changes can be implemented at a low cost providing significant savings during a plant’s lifetime.

A New Adaptive Antenna for RF Heating of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Canada owns the largest heavy oil and bitumen reserves in the world. Unfortunately, extracting these hydrocarbons is difficult due to their high viscosity. Currently, the most popular strategy is to heat the bitumen using steam, but steam injection can be inefficient and is not suitable for all reservoirs. Radio frequency heating offers a flexible and efficient solution, but its implementation has been marred by the dynamic underground environment of the reservoir. Here, the changing electrical properties of the reservoir can lead to uneven heating or equipment damage.

The management of socio-political risk arising from corporate transitions at mining projects

Changes in management and/or ownership at projects can cause regression in corporate-stakeholder relationships, as the changing faces and attitudes can lead to breakdowns in communication, misunderstandings, and conflict. Failure to maintain positive relationships with stakeholders can lead to significant costs for proponents, and is frequently cited as one of the most pressing issues facing the mining industry.

Collaborative Research on A spectral method for Cahn-Hilliard Equation

Cahn-Hilliard, appears in mathematical physics, describes the motion of two phase separating from each other. It has a wide range of applications in diverse fields such as material sciences, nanotechnology and semiconductor fabrication. There is a considerable research interest in studying the solution of the equation; however, the exact solution is hard to find. Therefore, it is desirable to develop accurate and efficient numerical algorithms to solve the problem. Spectral method has been proved having very good approximation and fast computation speed.

Development of Lipid Nanoparticle Reagents for Functional Genomics in Difficult-to-Transfect Cells In Vitro Year Two

The objective of this project is to develop lipid nanoparticle (LNP) reagents for the delivery of nucleic acids to turn off, or turn on target genes in “hard-to-transfect” neurons and stem cells in vitro and in vivo. A recent report (BCC Research, April 2011) observed that "51% of researchers employ cell-based techniques to perform transfection routinely.

Retention of Bioactives in Haskap Berry Powder Produced by Refractance Window Drying

Haskap berries are a recent arrival to the North American market. They have extremely high levels of bioactive compounds that are associated with various health benefits including antioxidant activity and the reduction of many degenerative diseases. This research investigates the use of Refractance Window (RW) drying for the production of a high quality haskap powder for LaHave Forests Inc. Benefits to the company include an assessment of the bioactive quality of the powder throughout the manufacturing process and during various storage conditions.

Creating a Novel Framework: Managing a Tribal Park for Biocultural Conservation

The Dasiqox tribal Park, one of Canada's most exciting current initiatives, was established in 2014 by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark recognition of Tsilhqot’in Title in their territory. Dr. Bhattacharyya has been invited to work with Yunesit’in Development Enterprise, in collaboration with partnering First Nations and organizations, to develop a management plan for the Dasiqox Tribal Park.