Who we are
The Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary) is a division of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and was established in 1967 in response to an increasing demand by government and industry for geological information about the energy-rich regions of western and northern Canada. We have become an important source of information and expertise on the geology, geochemistry, geophysics and resource potential of the sedimentary basins in western and northern Canada, which contain most of Canada's known oil, natural gas and coal resources, as well as important deposits of minerals. We are also the Geological Survey of Canada's national centre for research in paleontology, coal and organic geochemistry.
What we do
We conduct studies designed to describe and explain the depositional and deformational histories of sedimentary basins. These studies help us understand the basins and the mineral and energy resources within them. Research results are published as reports and geological maps. This information is fundamental to:
- Exploring and developing mineral and energy resources
- Formulating government policies
- Managing responsibly the land surface and underlying nonrenewable resources
Our location in University Research Park adjacent to The University of Calgary, along with our proximity to a large population of petroleum and coal industry geoscientists, stimulates constructive collaboration and exchange of information.
Our scientists are prominent in the international geoscience community and work closely with provincial and territorial government agencies.