York University researcher applauds new project
By Liam B. Twomey
March 8, 2017
On February 28th, 2017, the National Research Council announced a project to improve building codes. The project will explore solutions to the hazards that extreme weather events pose to buildings and infrastructure. The five-year program is being funded by a $40 million investment from the Government of Canada. York University researcher Prasamsa Singh commends the plan and calls it “An astute investment for Canada”.
“The growing problem of climate change will undoubtedly cause an increase in extreme weather events such as flooding, hailstorms and high winds” Singh said. “Preparing our infrastructure and homes for the risks these hazards present is a far more cost-effective solution than repairing or rebuilding them after these events have taken their toll. This is definitely a smart investment”. Singh continued to express how the project could have differing potential outcomes for Canadians. “The results could mean something different for you depending on your status as a homeowner, prospective buyer, contractor, civil engineer or politician. I am excited to see the information this project can provide” Singh concluded. The National Research Council has slated the first set of recommendations to come forward in 2020.
Prasamsa Singh is a Nepali-born researcher who received her PhD in Meteorology from Nagoya University, Japan. She has previously provided research for University of Hawaii. Prasamsa has lectured at Kathmandu University, Macewan University and the University of Alberta. She is currently researching the impact of climate change over Eastern Canada at York University.