Su-Yin Tan, a lecturer in Geomatics in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, discusses her once-in-a-lifetime experience chairing the Department of Space Applications at the International Space University’s 2012 Space Studies Program.
“Imagine a 43- or 44-degree day, which we have repeatedly had this summer with the humidex, and then with a severe thunderstorm,” muses Franz Hartmann, executive director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
“Imagine the electricity system goes down and we get severe flooding,” he continues.
Imagine collapsed culverts, backed up basement drains, sewage bubbling up in toilets, high winds, hail, highway sinkholes, toppled trees, maybe a twister.
With the calendar year just past its halfway mark, the Faculty of Environment has already racked up close to $1.7 million in grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in 2012.