Benjamin Cross receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 09, 2014

As a graduate student, Benjamin Cross worked on BC Hydro’s weather monitoring network and wind speed forecasting for the province’s growing number of wind farms.

Dr. Karen Kohfeld, his supervisor, says, "Through this work, he demonstrated his amazing competency and creativity in researching independent directions and making his work relevant within the context of BC's energy policy."

He won Best Poster Presentation awards at the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference in Portland and the the BC Clean Energy Generate 2013 Conference in Vancouver, as well as the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

He says, "For my research project I developed a new method for choosing more valuable wind farm sites in BC by looking at how wind speeds are related to hydroelectric generation, which provides most of the province's electricity.  Electricity is more valuable during dry periods, such as winter and droughts, and less valuable during wet periods, such as the spring melt and years with a lot of rain.  We found that there are areas in BC with both strong winds and where wind speeds are consistently higher during dry periods and lower during wet periods, which makes them ideal for wind power."

Mr. Cross is currently leading the City of North Vancouver’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and working on the City's Integrated Stormwater Management Plan. He was selected to attend the Canadian Water Network workshop "The Messy World of Policy Making" in Ottawa this spring. His plans are to continue focusing on the integration of climate science and sustainability planning at the municipal level, and there is the possibility of a PhD in his future.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Benjamin Cross on his outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Environment.

See also: All 2014 Convocation Award Winners

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