Geography - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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The role of transport in economic development/Ecological relationships and development problems in Lesotho, Southern Africa/The growth pole concept: a review, analysis and evaluation.

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1969
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

A critic of the rational theory of urban planning

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1975
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This essay attempts to examine critically the rational theory of urban planning, the dominant paradigm within American urban planning thought over the past two decades. It distinguishes two basic models within rational theory and discusses them in relation to the normative and pragmatic difficulties that they encounter. The essay concludes that even if rational determination of the ends or means of social action is considered to be desirable, such a process may be both technically unattainable and politically irrelevant.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
G.P.F. Steed
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

Representative point-integrated suspended sediment sampling in rivers

Date created: 
2015-09-29
Abstract: 

Point-integrated bottle sampling is the traditional method used to acquire the mean concentration of suspended sediment. Sample duration is assumed to average over enough variability to represent the mean suspended sediment concentration. No study has examined the effect on point-integrated sampling. Here, we analyze continuous hour-long measurements of suspended sediment and grain size fractions collected using a LISST-SL in the sand bedded portion of the Fraser River, BC. Mean concentrations for suspended sediment and grain size fractions were computed over increasing time periods and compared to a long duration mean concentration to determine when a sample became representative. A cumulative probability distribution was generated for multiple iterations of this process. All suspended sediment load and grain size fractions bear a low probability of accurately representing the actual mean concentration over standard bottle sample durations. A probability >90% of accurately representing the mean of volumetric concentration requires 9.5 minutes of sampling.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Jeremy Venditti
Department: 
Environment: Department of Geography
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.

Bed-material transport rate derived from delta progradation in a small alpine basin, Fitzsimmons Creek, coast mountains, British Columbia

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
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A sediment budget was determined for Fitzsimmons Creek in order to assess the long-term bed-material efflux from a high-energy, debris-flow dominated alpine stream in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. The primary component of the thesis (Part1) examines the long-term bed-material transport rate from morphologic data, sonar bathymetry, and ground-penetrating radar surveys of the fan-delta built by Fitzsimmons Creek and recorded on sequential aerial photography for the period 1947-1999. The average annual bed-material transport rate is 1.60 ± 0.28 104  Mg yr-1 for the 52-year period, with a range of 2.20 x 104  Mg yr1 for decadal estimates. Considerable temporal variability of the average bed-material efflux is evident over the 52-year record. The length of time required to measure a stable average annual bed-material transport rate in this particular system appears to be not less than 50 years. A secondary component of the thesis (Part 2) examines the total sediment budget based on direct measurements of bed-material accumulated in the fan-delta and estimates of suspended-sediment over the 52-year period. The long-term minimum specific sediment yield is 0.57 ± 0.14 Mg km-2 day-1 based on direct measurements and the estimate of the specific sediment yield for this system is 0. 90 ± 0 .48 Mg km- 2 day-1.  A significant proportion of the total sediment load (averaging 49% over the 52-years) is deposited as bed-material in Fitzsimmons Creek's fan-delta.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
E.J. Hickin
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.

The development of the air transportation industry in British Columbia, 1900-1980/Hagerstrand's time-space model in human geography: an assessment

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1985
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Roger Hayter
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

Ethics and the new conservation/An investigation into areal land use sampling efficacy: Vancouver, British Columbia. Burnaby, B.C.

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1971
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Thomas Peucker
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

Achieving health for all?: geography, development and the Epp report/Health for all by the year 2000: is Latin America meeting the challenge?

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1990
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
M.V. Hayes
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

Canadian informal caregivers in medical tourism

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Date created: 
2015-08-14
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When Canadians travel abroad to obtain private, self-funded medical care, they are engaged in medical tourism. Canadians who travel abroad for surgery are often accompanied by friends or family members. These informal caregivers, who I refer to as caregiver-companions, provide essential physical and emotional support to Canadian medical tourists. Centered on interviews with caregiver-companions themselves, this thesis sheds light on their experiences of the emerging medical tourism industry. This thesis consists of three analyses: 1) a methodological analysis that describes how multi-dataset triangulation was used to learn about caregiver-companions, 2) an analysis of caregiver-companions’ narratives using an ethics of care framework and the landscapes of care literature, and 3) an analysis examining the practical resources and supports that might benefit caregiver-companions. Taken together, these three strands of research provide insight into the experiences of Canadian informal caregivers in medical tourism, and the complex, transnational care that they provide.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Valorie Crooks
Department: 
Environment:
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

Multispectral video and supplementary reconnaisance photography remote sensing for delineating sedge stem density, Westham Island, British Columbia/Third world remote sensing and Indonesian application

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1993
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
A.C.B. Roberts
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.

Parks and resource policy: the role of British Columbia's provincial parks, 1911-1945/Price Lake moraines: neoglacial chronology and lichenometry study.

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1974
Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Frank Cunningham
Department: 
Geography
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.