The University of Northern British Columbia is a small, research-intensive university situated in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia’s “Northern Capital”, Prince George is a city of 75,000 and a regional transportation and economic hub. It is located close to the geographic center of British Columbia— on the sparsely populated interior plateau between the Coast and Rocky Mountains with excellent access to wilderness, mountains, rivers, lakes and four-season outdoor activities. The city also offers many of the amenities to be expected in much larger centers, including good airline connections, professional theatre, symphony, as well as many other cultural and sports events.
UNBC is one of Canada’s newest universities (the main campus opened in 1994) with an atmosphere that is intimate and collegial, facilities that are new and state-of-the-art, and architecture that is stunning. In a recent report (November 2004) evaluating research intensity in Canadian universities published in the National Post newspaper, UNBC ranked second amongst all small universities, narrowly missing out the top position in this category. In the Research InfoSource 2007 ranking of research universities in Canada, UNBC placed third among the small universites and was named one of Canada's Top Research Universities of the Year.
UNBC’s small size (there are 3000 students, of whom about 400 are graduate students) facilitates an interdisciplinary research environment in which researchers from many disciplines interact with each other. Atmospheric Science fits very well within the research milieu at UNBC, and is a cornerstone of one of UNBC’s three mandated research themes: Natural Resources and the Environment. The recent hiring of two Canada Research Chairs in the atmospheric sciences greatly enhances our research strength in this area.