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Research Labs

Computational Geomorphology Lab

The computational geomorphology lab (CGL) provides high-end computer stations for modelling, simulation, spatial data analysis, statistical data analysis, and data visualization. Research activities are focussed on landscape evolution, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, catchment analysis, and aquatic ecosystem assessment.

The CGL contains 3 Tesla GPU computer systems for high-performance parallel computation, and 5 additional workstations for scientific computing. Software available in the lab includes ArcGIS, SigmaPlot, SPSS, Surfer, Matlab, Telemac 2D/3D, CAESAR, MS Visual Studio, Intel Parallel Studio, PGI Fortran.

The use of the CGL is available to graduate students doing research involving numerical simulation, and students working with Dr. Yates or Dr. Van De Wiel.

Environmental Fluorescence Lab

Environmental Hazards and Health Lab

Fluvial Geomorphology Lab

Geographic Information Technology & Applications Lab

Human Environments Analysis Lab

Hydrology Lab

Indigenous Health Lab

Lake and Reservoir System (LARS) Research Facility

River Modelling Flume and Tray

The River Modeling Flume was built in 2001 as part of a collaborative CFI grant with the Faculty of Engineering to fund the development of new space for physical experiments related to environmental fluid dynamics: the Newalta Environmental Fluids Laboratory, located in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Building. The 3m x 20m tilting river tray was designed for the physical modelling of gravel-bed rivers and can also be used for the study of other problems in river morphology, river restoration, open-channel flow and sediment transport. It is the largest tilting, river modelling flume in Canada, and has attracted collaborators and students from Canada, U.S., Israel, France and Italy.


Surface Climates Lab