The Great River Rapport

The Great River Rapport is an initiative that involves collaboration, consultation, and input from scientists, Indigenous partners, citizens and students. The goal is to provide a report on the health of the Upper St. Lawrence River ecosystem and inspire people to become engaged and aware of how ecosystem health is linked to all of us.

Canadian Oil and Gas Production, Supply Costs, Economic Impacts and Emissions Outlook

In this study, an integrated model will be developed to forecast oil and gas productions in the next 20 years for Canadian basins. Using the output of the model, supply costs estimation, economic impact analysis and GHG emissions calculation will be conducted over the forecast period from 2020 to 2040. The developed integrated model will provide industrial partners and policymakers with a better strategy to make good investment decisions. This project is defined as part of CERI’s 2019-2020 research plan.

Unified Estimation of turbulence eddy dissipation rate of atmospheric Turbulence for effective flight plan management

The aim of the proposed project is to develop a machine learning classification that predicts energy from turbulent flow atmospheric systems. Being able to predict turbulent flows is of great importance since the atmosphere features strongly in the invisible infrastructure of aviation from established navigation waypoints to conduit airways – the highways in the sky. A primary consequence of the onset of turbulence in the atmosphere is the dramatic unpredictability and the challenge in forecasting the phenomenon.

Investigation and design of large supercapacitor banks for grid energy storage system

Supercapacitors provide high power density, extra-long cycle life, and wide operating temperature ranges and are poised to grow rapidly in the energy storage market. They offer good complementary features to the batteries and can be used to implement fast cycling speed grid energy storage systems given the cost being driven down. With its own charging and manufacuturing technologies developed, the industry partner is set to move forward to design and implement large supercapacitor banks for distribution grid use.

Evaluating Gradients of Natural and Induced Stress on Fish Blood Parameters; Developing more accurate results from Point-of-Care Devices

The point-of-care i-STAT and VETSCAN units are easily portable blood-based assessment tools that can produce relevant blood parameters within minutes with only 2-3 drops of blood. The objective of this study is to examine both natural and investigator-applied stress gradients in fishes and compare blood chemistry of fishes from a range of environments (e.g., low to high stress).

Landfill Odour Management Strategies

Golder Associates Inc. is the Technical Lead Consultant on the Environmental Assessment for the expansion of the W12A landfill of the City of London. One key aspect of this project is landfill design alternatives and the impact on air quality and, specifically, odour issues. The proposed project aims at providing critically valuable information regarding local air and odour monitoring at the W12A landfill site, regional air and odour monitoring in the South London area, as well as an assessment of the industry best practices not currently employed that may be applicable.

Development and validation of natural source zone depletion quantification protocols for sustainable remediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated sites

The extraction, storage, conveyance, and refining of petroleum hydrocarbon liquids (or nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs)) often result in their accidental release into the environment. Consequently, NAPLs will travel into subsurface soils and may enter groundwater, further exacerbating the extent of contamination. Aside from being energy-intensive, disruptive of the environment, and incur treatment durations that may span several years, typical engineered remediation technologies may not capture all of the NAPLs in-place.

Embedded Computers for Next-Generation DNA Sequencing

In 2014 a handheld DNA measurement device, the "MinION", was commercialized. It is 100X smaller by volume and 6X faster and 20X less expensive than the next smallest DNA measurement device on the market. But its measurements are of a lower quality, about 90% of measured DNA is accurately 'detected' compared to 99.9% for leading machines. Further, a tremendous amount of computing power is needed to carry out the detection function of the MinION. In fact, this is done by a standalone computer or GPU.

Validation of SIMBA capsules for small intestine sampling

The aim of this research and development project for the intern student is to assist in validation tests (both in-vitro and in-vivo) of a GI sampling capsule device being developed by the organization and translate the testing results and the new knowledge to technical documents for the potential customers and partners of the organization. In-vitro tests involve a series of functional tests of the capsule components and the performance tests of the capsule assembly.

Implementation and deployment of a multi-modal underwater network

This project is intended to support the deployment of an underwater communication network, that is multi-hop and multi-modal. It relies on the combination of acoustic propagation and magnetic-induction to send the information from a remote instrument through a set of relay nodes and to a destination. To enable end-to-end transmission over a secured link, secured communication technologies will be adopted.