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World-class environmental researcher joins ARBRI

August 02, 2016

Dr. Junye Wang has joined Athabasca University as Campus Alberta Innovates Research Chair in Computational Sustainability. His appointment became effective September 1, 2013.

Dr. Wang holds a PhD from the East China University of Science and Technology, and has an impressive record of working in research areas of environmental and energy system modeling and simulations in the UK over the past 14 years. Since 2008, Dr. Wang has served as Principal Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research in the UK. This facility is an independent scientific research institute and the longest running agricultural research station in the world.

Over the past three decades, there have been rapid advances in various areas of computational technologies and applications (e.g. complex programming, semantic technologies, and high resolution visualization). These new and emerging technologies are providing unprecedented opportunities to develop modeling frameworks of complex processes and ecosystems. In this CAIP project, Dr. Wang and his team will be working on a project to develop a modeling framework of integrated terrestrial and aquatic systems in the Athabasca River Basin by using innovative computational technologies and analytical modeling techniques.

For more information on Dr. Wang, please see this Open Magazine article:

Dr. Wang, Preserving & Sustaining a Rich Natural Resource

As the only university in the Athabasca River Basin, AU is uniquely positioned to set a world example for leading non-partisan efforts in research and policy-making around strategically important natural resources. AU has excellent talents and facilities and strength in computational applications and technologies and will provide a unique perspective on establishing such an integrated framework of terrestrial and aquatic systems. Engagement of the team whose strengths are drawn from various disciplinary areas in science and computing science will contribute to knowledge of environmental, ecological and economic sustainability of northern Alberta communities.

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Updated August 02 2016 by Jim Sellers