New research targets climate change solutions for BC and beyond
Developing new climate-friendly refrigerators, saving lives during extreme weather events and making carbon pollution cost accounting more accurate—these are just some of the projects among the 11 new fellowships announced today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).
The fellowships for 2014 will receive a total of $474,000. Research will be carried out by PhD and master’s students at the four PICS universities: the University of Victoria (UVic), University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The researchers will work with experts from a range of university disciplines, government, NGOs and industry over the duration of their projects, which range from two to three years.
Four of the eleven new fellowships have been awarded to SFU professors reaching a total of $156,000, covering topics on:
- Developing of new energy-eficient adsorption cooling systems
Project proponent: Dr. Majid Bahrami, Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science.
PhD Student: Khorshid Fayazmanesh
- The social cost of carbon and Canadian policy
Project Proponent: Dr. Mark Jaccard, School of Resource & Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment
Master Student: Kaitlin Boyd
- Educating/mobilizing communities in a changing climate: Initating action on Haida Gwaii
Project Proponent: Dr. David Zandvliet, Institute for Environmental Learning, Faculty of Education.
Master Student: Barbara Wilson
- Mapping and mananging heat-related vulnerability and mortality in BC: A GVRD case study
Project Proponent: Dr. Anders Knudby, Department of Geography, Faculty of Environment
PhD Student: Derrik Ho
PICS executive director Tom Pedersen says the world requires technical innovation and societal change to cope with climate change and to reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. “With an emphasis on practical solutions, these fellowships will help British Columbia at a policy, personal and organizational level to take the right steps toward mitigating and slowing climate change,” he says.