U of T researchers receive CFCAS funding for research on climate change and air quality issues

Friday, December 5, 2008 9:45:00 AM

The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) recently announced over $1.6 million in funding to support groundbreaking research that will advance Canada's science and technology objectives and help prepare for the impacts of climate change. The funding is part of the $5.5 million recently awarded by CFCAS to promote research across Canada aimed at increasing knowledge and training in air quality, extreme weather, climate sciences or marine environmental prediction. Included in the announced projects were the following eight research projects at the University of Toronto looking at a variety of climate change and air quality issues:

Jochen Halfar, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, U of T Mississauga: Reconstructing Labrador Current Variability During the Past Centuries Using Coralline Red Algal and Other Proxy Climate Data.  For more information: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3halfar/

Kaley Walker, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics: Development of a Climatological Data Set from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) Satellite Mission for Validating Atmospheric Model Simulations

James Donaldson, Professor, Department of Chemistry. Heterogeneous Photochemistry: Effects on Atmospheric Radical Production and Air.For more information:  http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~jdonalds/

Theodore Shepherd, Professor, Department of Physics: Inferring Gravity-Wave Drag Parameters from Data Assimilation. For more information: http://www.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca/people/tgs/shepherd.html

Paul Kushner, Associate Professor, Department of Physics: Predictors of the Atmospheric Circulation Response to Transient Forcing: Applications to North American Seasonal Forecasts. For more information:  http://pjk.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca/

Greg Evans, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Director, Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research. Particle Nucleation and Growth: Elucidation of the Underlying Processes through Measurement and Modeling of Temporal and Spatial Variability. For more information: http://www.chem-eng.utoronto.ca/~evansg/; http://www.socaar.utoronto.ca

Frank Wania, Associate Professor, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, U of T Scarborough: Quantitative Characterisation of the Impact of Environmental Factors on the Performance of Passive Air Samplers for Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds. For more information: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~wania

Richard Peltier, University Professor; Professor, Department of Physics; Director, Centre for Global Change Science: Paleo-synopses and Dynamics of Sea-ice Cover in the Arctic Ocean and Subarctic Canada During Critical Intervals of the Present Interglacial. For more information: http://www.atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca/~peltier/

For more information, please visit: http://www.cfcas.org.