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Subsurface Geophysical Characterization of the Crystalline Canadian Shield in Northeastern Alberta: Implications for Geothermal DevelopmentDownload
In northern Alberta, existing heat flow and geothermal gradient studies suggest that using geothermal heat in oil sands processing would require deep drilling of the crystalline Canadian Shield. Using a 2.36 km deep borehole located near Fort McMurray, the goal of this study is to investigate the...
Possible thunderstorm modifications caused by the Athabasca oil sands development and the Canadian ShieldDownload
Thunderstorms are common in boreal forest regions and can cause dangerous hazards such as lightning, forest fires, hail, wind, and flooding. Significant research has been conducted to help predict thunderstorms to mitigate or avoid the hazards and damage. The development of thunderstorms...
Lightning is widely acknowledged as a major cause of wildland fires in Canada. On average, 250,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in Alberta every year. Lightning-caused wildland fires in remote areas have considerably larger suppression costs and a much greater chance of escaping...
The ionospheric Alfvén resonator (IAR) is an area of space that, due to sharp Alfvén speed gradients, has the ability to trap electromagnetic plasma wave energy, where it bounces in the Alfvén mode between near-Earth space and the lower ionosphere. Here we present research that, by comparing...
Identifying and analyzing spatial and temporal patterns of lightning-ignited wildfires in Western Canada from 1981-2018.Download
This study looked at the spatial and temporal patterns of lightning-ignited wildfires in Western Canada from 1981 to 2018. Studying patterns of lightning fires over space and time can provide great insight into understanding, highlighting, and quantifying these sequences. This is of great...