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Month: October 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Citizen Jury results out

Word cloud based on statements from participants after the energy 'crash course' and before deliberation.

Word cloud based on statements from participants after the energy ‘crash course’ and before deliberation.

On Sunday, 12 New Brunswickers deliberated based on a ‘crash course’ on energy the day before, and settled on what they hoped for a 2040 energy mix for the province. This was part of the NB Electrical Energy Futures Jury that culminated data collection in our energy transitions research project funded by SSHRC in 2012. The mix is described in a letter to the Minister of Energy and Mines for New Brunswick, and is now the subject of a press release by UNB. Organizer and colleague Prof Tom Beckley spoke to CBC Fredericton about it on Wednesday morning.

Mactaquac bathymetry

Bathymetry of the Mactaquac headpond, NB, by the Ocean Mapping Group at UNB, revealing the former townsite of Culliton, near Nackawic, including its road and rail bridges.

Bathymetry of the Mactaquac headpond, NB, by the Ocean Mapping Group at UNB, revealing the former townsite of Culliton, near Nackawic, including its road and rail bridges.

The Ocean Mapping Group at UNB has released the Mactaquac bathymetry (depth of water) in a wonderful Google Map interface. A Nackawic resident sent it to me this morning with a story of how moving it was to see the former features revealed. I have been waiting a long time to see this, too, and it impresses with crisp 1.66 metre resolution detail. Little sedimentation is evident up against the dam wall, and islands, towns and former river channels remain intact. It will be interesting to navigate it in parallel with our storymap of pre-dam airphotos, to decode some of the more curious shapes. The ‘illumination’ applied to provide a 3D effect has the visual effect of making it look inverted, (i.e. causeway lower than water channels). But this is a marvellous dataset which will enable important visualization work in the consideration of options for the Mactaquac dam.

Rising Research Star award

What a pleasure┬áto learn I have been awarded the inaugural Faculty of Management ‘Rising Research Star‘ award, based on research performance (papers and grants) in the 2014-2015 year.

Relaxing, post-jury

A sunny post-jury walk on the Mactaquac shoreline below Keswick Ridge with the energy team.

A sunny post-jury walk on the Mactaquac shoreline below Keswick Ridge, NB, with the energy team (photo: Yan Chen).

Deliberations are underway

Deliberations are underway in the New Brunswick Electrical Energy Jury, with NB Power observing.

Deliberations are underway in the New Brunswick Electrical Energy Jury, with NB Power observing.

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