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IPCC releases Special Report on global warming of 1.5 degrees
On October 8 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel (IPCC) released its Special Report on the Global Warming of 1.5 degrees. Kirsten Zickfeld, a lead author of the report, commented on the report’s finding in numerous interviews. She says the world is at a "critical juncture" if it is to avoid a potentially devastating rise in global mean temperature.
SFU Science Undergraduate Research Poster Prize
Congratulations to research assistant Rachel Chimuka, who won 2nd place at the undergraduate research poster competition organized by the SFU Science Undergraduate Research Journal.
KEY Big Data Scholarship
Congratulations to PhD student Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye, who was awarded a KEY graduate scholarship to incorporate big data approaches, tools, and analysis into his doctoral research.
Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Congratulations to Mehdi Aminipouri who was awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to fund a research stay at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in the fall.
Lead Author Meeting for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Kirsten Zickfeld attended the First Lead Author Meeting for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Guangzhou, China. Kirsten will work with an international team on the Carbon Cycle chapter of the report.
Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union in Niagara Falls
PhD student Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye presented his work on a 1D model of wetland methane emissions at the Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) in Niagara Falls. You can download the poster here.
2017 President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Lab Director Kirsten Zickfeld was awarded the 2017 President’s Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) for her paper 2009 “Setting cumulative emissions to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change”, which was one of the first to introduce the carbon budget concept.
2018 Dean’s Convocation Medal
Congratulations to former climate lab research assistant Deven Azevedo for winning the 2018 Dean’s Convocation Medal! Deven will go on to pursue a Master’s at the London School of Economics.
Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize
Congratulations to former lab member Kasia Tokarska for winning the Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) for her thesis “The carbon-climate system response at high amounts of cumulative carbon emissions, and the role of non-CO2 forcing and observational constraints on cumulative carbon budgets” at the University of Victoria.
Rachel Chimuka joins Climate Research Lab
Welcome to SFU Environmental Science student Rachel Chimuka who will join the Climate Research Lab for the summer to work on a project on the carbon cycle response to carbon dioxide removal. To fund her project Rachel was awarded a VPR Sciences Undergraduate Research Assistantshi0p.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Kirsten Zickfeld attended the Fourth Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees in Gaborone, Botswana. Authors started work on the final draft of the report, which will be released in October.
European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna
Ph.D. student Mehdi Aminipouri gave a talk at the European Geophysical Union meeting in Vienna about his work modelling the impact of heat mitigation measures on pedestrian thermal comfort in Vancouver.

Prospective students

The Climate Research Lab in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), led by Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, is seeking Master’s and Doctoral students interested in pursuing research on climate change using Earth System models