Government departments, regulatory bodies and industry require information rooted in sound science in order to reduce the environmental impacts that may occur in the development of major resource projects. The Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) provides innovative scientific information such as remote sensing science and geoscience expertise to address the environmental risks, impacts and constraints imposed by metals mining, northern pipelines, the oil sands, shale gas development and carbon capture and storage. ESS expertise also contributes toward the completion of environmental assessments required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and for all federally triggered or regulated projects and/or reviews.
Environmental geoscience research at ESS is conducted in close collaboration with partners from NRCan, academia, industry, and other federal, provincial, and territorial government departments. These interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder partnerships lead to a more comprehensive understanding of complex environmental systems, and help to ensure that results are shared directly with risk assessors, environmental managers, and government regulators.
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