Last month brought many things for the LÉÉ group including: Dr. King traveled to Scotland for the High Latitude and Cold Climate Dust meeting with a stop over in Oxford to give a talk at the School of Geography and the Environment; new members to the group were confirmed including two undergraduate and one PhD student (they will make their own introductions soon); and lastly the sweet and sour of getting news of one proposal funded and the other declined. The declined proposal was from FRQNT on a project based in the Yukon; however it is continuing at this point with a camera-based observation methodology this year. The proposal granted was the mighty NSERC Discovery, which is for 5 years and renewable.
More exact details of the proposal can be found in the summary here, but also below the 5-years of projects has been briefly summarized. This proposal is intended to fund student involvement in the research and their training at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels.
The proposal is rooted in improving the measurement and modeling of mineral dust aerosols through a series of comparative studies and model testing. Firstly, particle size distribution changes through the transport process will be measured in both idealized (wind tunnel) and naturally occurring environments, to ascertain the role aggregates play in modifying modeled emission rates of dust. Secondly, fluxes of mineral dust aerosols will be measured using a host of techniques including, gradient method, mass balance, and eddy covariance, to improve the accuracy limitations of measured values. Both of these objectives will both in turn help improve the understanding of mineral dust aerosol transport, which improves the predictive role of dust production models. The wind tunnel work will initially be carried out (more on that soon) in the sediment transport wind tunnel of Dr. McKenna Neuman at Trent University and the field work in the dry valleys of northwestern Namibia.
If you have an interest in participating in this research please contact me for applying to potential funding possibilities starting next year through NSERC, FRQNT, and others through collaborations.