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August 27, 2019

Greg Kopp
Greg Kopp, professor, Faculty of Engineering, lead researcher, Northern Tornadoes Project

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery, Western has a long history of leadership in research that produces tangible, global impacts on health, culture, environment and economies.

Greg Kopp, professor of Engineering, is helping pave the way for Western to become Canada’s leading authority on tornado tracking, research and analysis. If a tornado touches down in Canada, he won’t be far behind.

As the lead researcher for the Northern Tornadoes Project, Kopp aspires to identify every Canadian tornado in 2019. Using the latest radar and satellite technology and high-resolution aerial surveys, he is learning from each event in the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken in Canada.

“I’m excited and looking forward to continuing to advance our research collaborations to drive the national and international impact of this important work,” said Kopp. “Better understanding of tornado occurrence and intensity will allow engineers to better design structures for the risk and meteorologists to provide effective warnings.”


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