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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


Peter Ashmore
- Undergraduate Chair

Peter Ashmore

Position: Professor
Email: pashmore@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85026
Office: SSC 1405
biography

Research Interests
Fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport

Current Research
I have active, NSERC-funded, fluvial geomorphology research projects on:
- gravel-bed river morpho-dynamics, sediment transport and sedimentology, including braided rivers
- geomorphology of semi-alluvial urban rivers in southern Ontario with applications to river restoration and sustainability.

Projects can be designed for both Masters and PhD theses. The research involves physical model experiments in the large river-modeling flume at Western, and field work in the Canadian Rockies and southern Ontario. Current collaborations involve researchers at University of Calgary, Utah State University and colleagues in France, Italy and U.K.

Teaching Interests
Physical Geography; Geomorphology & Hydrology; Geomorphology of River Channels