'The Impact of Urban Land Use on CO2 Concentrations in Montreal, Quebec' - EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").
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Supervisor's Name: John Stix
Supervisor's Email: john [dot] stix [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Course number: EPSC 396 (Earth and Planetary Science)
Term: Fall 2012-2013
Project start date: Monday, January 7, 2013
Project end date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Project title: The Impact of Urban Land Use on CO2 Concentrations in Montreal, Quebec
Project description: Increasing global temperatures have been correlated to the rise in CO2 concentrations due to anthropogenic activities. The population is increasing at an exponential rate, and a greater portion of this population is living in urban settlements. Urban landscapes are suspected to be a source of CO2 through anthropogenic and biogenic sources, but few direct measurements have been made. Montreal, has quantified its CO2 emissions through inventories of land use and fossil fuel use. This project aims to use historical CO2 emission data from an instrument called Picarro, and determine the influence of vegetation and vehicle use on concentrations. Specifically it is hypothesized that (1) areas with higher traffic volumes will have higher CO2 concentrations (2) areas with vegetation will have lower CO2 concentrations during the day, when plants are photosynthesizing, and higher concentrations at night when plants are respiring and (3) the concentrations of CO2 will display a seasonal cycle with the highest concentrations in late winter, and lowest concentrations in late summer.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% report, 50% interaction with supervisor.
Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involve NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.