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Public Safety Geoscience Program

The Public Safety Geoscience Program undertakes research to support risk reduction from the effects of space weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides. The program develops authoritative scientific knowledge and tools to reduce future economic, social and environmental losses from these hazards. The program’s products help guide land-use decisions; increase the resilience of built structures; and inform the location, design and operations of new structures.

National hazard assessments developed and refined in the program summarize threats facing Canadians, identify vulnerabilities, and guide targeted scientific work. Risk assessment tools and guidelines support decision makers at various levels of government and in the private sector.

How does the work contribute?

  • Engineers and critical infrastructure operators use the building code, hazard assessments and guidelines to mitigate risks.
  • Emergency preparedness groups have the geohazard knowledge required to prepare for and respond to events.
  • Municipalities understand the risk from natural hazards and plan appropriately.


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