Damon Matthews (Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability). My research revolves around the use of Earth system climate models as a tool to investigate human influences on the climate system, and to estimate the cumulative emissions associated with different climate mitigation targets. I am also interested in better quantifying how climate impacts scale with total greenhouse gas emissions, and developing new ways to measure historical national contributions to and responsibility for climate warming. See also my Concordia Faculty page or download my CV.
Lawrence Mysak (Honourary C2SIMS Lab member and Canada Steamship Lines Emeritus Professor in the Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University). I am interested in the development and application of Earth system models of intermediate complexity to better understand decadal and longer term climate variability and change. I have also investigated various paleoclimate phenomena and conducted statistical analyses of climate data. McGill Faculty profile.
Donny Seto (Lecturer and C2SIMS Lab Manager). My research interests and expertise include analyzing the carbon footprint of cities, and conducting GIS-based analyses of the interaction between climate changes and fossil fuel reserves. I also teach courses in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment related to urban planning and GIS.
Antti-Ilari Partanen (Post-Doctoral Researcher). I am studying how a range of types of greenhouse gas emissions affect the relationship between cumulative carbon emissions and climate change. I also have experience in global aerosol modeling and geoengineering research related to sea spray and stratospheric sulfate injections. In general, I am interested in policy-relevant climate and environmental science, using global climate models as my primary research tools. See my LinkedIn profile
Nadine Mengis (Post-Doctoral Researcher). I am calculating carbon budgets for ambitious climate mitigation targets and quantifying the uncertainty within these estimates that arise from uncertain model parameters. During my PhD, I was working towards a fair assessment of Climate Engineering and introduced an indicator selection method, allowing for a comprehensive and comparative assessment of such measures. Overall, I am motivated by an aim to advance communication on model uncertainty specifically, and science results in general. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nadine_Mengis
Yann Chavaillaz (Post-Doctoral Researcher). I have recently completed a PhD thesis in climate sciences focused on the pace of future climate change and its implications for the perception climate changes, and I have a strong interest in finding new ways to communicate and share climate data with end-users. I am now involved as a post-doctoral fellow at Concordia University in collaboration with the Ouranos consortium (www.ouranos.ca). My current work consists of assessing the risk of abrupt climate changes resulting from cumulative emissions and their effect on the intensity, the duration and the frequency of extreme events. The project aims to create new tools for providers of climate services to meet the different challenges of local and national policy-makers and private companies regarding climate change.
Daniel Horen Greenford (Ph.D. Student). I am interested in policy solutions to facilitate emissions reductions necessary to avert dangerous climate change. My thesis study will use an intermediate complexity climate model to derive an empirical estimate of the relative effect of different greenhouse gases (GHG) and aerosols emissions on climate, which I will then apply to the calculation of national contributions to climate change. Other interests include the climate impact of energy technologies such as electrical utility infrastructure and the role of innovation on the rate of market proliferation of renewable energy technologies and competition affects between renewables and conventional utilities.
Travis Moore (Ph.D. Student). My PhD project focusses on observed and expected weather extremes as a results of cumulative CO2 emissions.
Marc-Olivier Brault (Ph.D. Student). I am interested in modelling paleoclimate changes on multi-millennial timescales. My PhD project in the Department of Geography at McGil (see my McGill page) l is focussed on modelling the effect of continental weathering on ocean carbon cycling over the last glacial cycle.
Maida Hadziosmanovic (M.Sc. Student). My research focuses on corporate contributions to climate change in the form of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as company activity pathways within the framework of a 2-degree global carbon budget. I analyze reported greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon dioxide for the 2015 fiscal year. I aim to provide sector activity pathways following the 2-degree carbon budget which fundamentally assumes serious and immediate climate change mitigation action by companies. I am also interested in issues related to (the lack of) reporting and regulation of corporate emissions and other matters of transparency. For further information please see www.linkedin.com/in/maida-hadzi
Etienne Guertin (M.Sc. Student) I am interested in improving the understanding of the interrelationship between wildfires and climate change at a global scale. I use the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model (UVic ESCM) to model wildfires in the different climate and vegetation regions simulated by the model. In the end, I am interested at knowing whether or not global fire regime will change in the next hundreds of years due to climate change and if that in return will affect climate. I hope that my research will increase the scientific understanding of the mechanisms that lead to wildfires and help policy makers and forest managers adapt in advance to the changing global fire regime.
Tanya Graham (M.Sc. Student). My M.Sc. project involves the use of GIS analysis to assess the impact of CO2 emissions and the resulting climate changes across terrestrial mammal habitat ranges.
Sophie Gauvreau (M.Sc. Student). My M.Sc. research is on the topic of phenology changes due to climate warming, with a focus on the timing of spring pollination in Silver Maple.
C2SIMS Alumni and graduates
- Jean-Sébastien Landry (Post-Doctoral Researcher): Modelling fire and other disturbances in the climate system
- Martin Leduc (Post-Doctoral Researcher): Regional estimates of the transient climate response to cumulative CO2 emissions
- Christopher Simmons (Post Doctoral Researcher & Ph.D.): Carbon cycle dynamics since the last glacial maximum
- Trevor Smith (M.Sc.): Climate change impacts on wine growing in Quebec
- Loukia Papadopoulos (M.Sc.): Criteria for successful implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions
- Daniel Horen Greenford (M.Sc.): Equitable allocation of emissions embodied in international trade
- Cassandra Lamontagne: Local observations and expected climate impacts on Gitga'ata First Nations community
- Travis Moore (M.Sc.): Extreme weather events due to global mean temperature increases
- Marc-Olivier Brault (M.Sc.): Effect of Pleistocene megafauna on early Holocene climate
- Nikolay Damyanov (M.Sc.): Effect of winter warming on outdoor skating in Canada
- Andrew Pinsonneault (M.Sc.) Effect of ocean acidification on the marine carbonate cycle
- Karen Paquin (M.Sc): Potential for carbon sequestration in boreal forest woodlots
- Andrew Ross (M.Sc.): Probabilistic assessment of the rate of future climate change
- Alex Matveev (M.Sc.): Evaluating the land use change carbon flux and its impact on climate
- Tanya Graham (Honours): Impact of climate change on primate populations
- Trevor Smith (Honours): Metrics for comparing the climate effect of different greenhouse gases
- Serge Keverian (Honours): Regional attribution of carbon emissions and climate change
- Kelly Nugent (Honours): Drivers of North American continental runoff and implications for ocean circulation
- Andrew Pinsonneault (Honours): Climate model reliability in simulating enhanced forest productivity resulting from CO2 fertilization
- Andrew Ross (Honours): Impact of geoengineering on the rate of climate warming.