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James Voogt
-Department Chair

James Voogt

Position: Associate Professor
Email: javoogt@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85018
Office: SSC 2401
biography

Research Interests:

Urban climatology

Current Research:

The overall objective of my research is to better understand urban thermal anisotropy (the directional variation in remotely observed surface temperature over urban areas) and develop models that will allow correction for thermal anisotropy at a range of scales for urban areas. The outcomes of this work are important to our ability to provide representative urban surface temperatures. These temperatures are a key variable to the air temperature of cities, heat loading on urban residents, energy use by buildings, providing input to weather forecast and pollutant dispersion models and for assessing urban heat mitigation strategies such as cool surfaces.

I am seeking interested graduate students with backgrounds in one or more of: micro or boundary layer meteorology/climatology (vegetated or urban areas), remote sensing (especially thermal remote sensing and/or remote sensing of vegetation in urban areas), computer science, or engineering who are interested in measurement, modeling or applications of urban surface temperature.

Possible thesis topics include:

  • observations of urban thermal anisotrophy over vegetated urban areas;
  • evaluation of models of urban thermal anisotropy;
  • development of urban energy balance models that include vegetation for use in predicting urban thermal anisotropy;
  • assessment of urban thermal anisotropy from satellite observations;
  • development of parameterizations of urban thermal anisotropy;
  • links between urban thermal anisotropy and assessment of the urban surface heat island;
  • the use of thermal remote sensing to estimate urban sensible heat flux.

Teaching Interests:

Physical Geography; Weather and Climate; Micrometeorology


Jeff Hopkins
- Graduate Chair

Jeff Hopkins

Position: Associate Professor
Email: jhopkins@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85027
Office: SSC 2423
biography

Research Interests

Cultural geography, gender, public places

Current Research

My research interests as a cultural geographer span issues of urban-social culture (public places), politics of identities (new immigrants, genders, masculinities), and symbolic landscapes of various media (advertising, film). I am willing to discuss graduate research ideas and opportunities with both prospective MA and PhD students.

Teaching Interests:

Social Geography; Urban Culture; Cultural Geography; Geography of Gender; Advanced Cultural Geography


Chris Smart
- Undergraduate Chair

Chris Smart

Position: Professor
Email: csmart@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85007
Office: SSC 1402
biography

Research Interests

Hydrology and geomorphology

Current Research

Environmental monitoring requires strategic and adaption if it is to provide useful, affordable data for environmental management. My research focuses on integrating contemporary hydrological monitoring technologies into appropriate spatial and temporal measurement schemes. A particular interest is in the use of inexpensive surrogate monitoring techniques that efficiently highlight particular sites and times of contamination. This work is undertaken in an urban-rural setting as well as on green rood installations. Work is also continuing on the hydrology and geomorphology of maximal glacial conditions. Most of our understanding of glaciers is based on receding or residual ice masses that lack the dynamics of advanced glaciers. Equilibrium mass balance modeling indicates that water erosion is likely to far exceed ice erosion through much of the glacier regime. Glacier ice regulates the effect of water erosion through pressurization of basal water flow and variation in the base level of tributary valleys.

Teaching Interests: