A Physically-based Approach to Dynamically Model Hydrological Sensitive Areas and Run-off Source Area Contributions in Snowmelt-dominated Catchments

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. is a leading producer of quality kraft pulp. Working with the company, the intern will develop a field-based conceptualization of snowmelt run-off source area dynamics with particular attention given to process-controls, spatial hydraulic connectivity, the importance of geomorphology and the influence of forest cover removal.

Intensity Adjustments for Authentic Image Display and Perception in High Dynamic Range Imaging

New High dynamic range (HDR) display devices are being developed which have contract ratios 300 times greater than existing LCD displays. These HDR displays are the first that are able to fully represent the range of intensities that are produced by illuminated objects on a sunny day, and are joining HDR cameras and file formats in creating a pipeline from image capture/construction to display that is able to maintain much higher image fidelity than was previously possible.

Conservation Practices and the Infection Risk of Tick-borne Zoonotic Diseases in the Southern Okanagan

Biodiversity is critical in mediating, and even preventing, the spread of emerging zoonotic diseases, or diseases that are transmissible from wildlife to human populations. These include avian flu and Hantavirus. Understanding how threats to biodiversity conservation may also threaten human health is urgent, particularly as human development, changing environmental conditions and global trade are facilitating the emergence and spread of zoonotic diseases.

Investigation of the Benefits of Resource Diversification with an Energy Portfolio Dominated by Storage Hydro

This project will investigate the relative financial benefit of adding different types of power generating resources to the BC Hydro energy portfolio over time. The analysis will consider various drivers of financial risk that influence this evaluation such as commodity prices, energy demand, and water inflows. Appropriate measures of risk will be considered to aid in evaluating the comparison of alternate resource additions. A spreadsheet model will be constructed to complete the analysis.