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The science — and art — of forecasting wildland fires

The science — and art — of forecasting wildland fires

On a beautiful spring day, it might be hard to imagine this is the calm before the storm. But wait. While Canada’s wildland fire season is off to a relatively quiet start, it could all change as early as June according to seasonal forecasts from Natural Resources Canada’s wildland fire research team.
In Cape Bathurst, where Canada's mainland meets the Arctic Ocean, an entire coastline is burning. Aptly named the Smoking Hills, it's home to a really unique geological feature: a deposit of sedimentary rock that's been burning and smouldering continuously for thousands of years. On this episode, we'll be speaking with a research scientist who visited the hellish landscape to study it first-hand.
Alex Normandeau is a research scientist studying submarine landslides. While aboard a Canadian Coast Guard ship in 2018, Alex and his team encountered an iceberg floating in the Southwind Fjord near Baffin Island. When they returned the following year, a new underwater landslide had occurred. See how they were able to connect the dots and discover that icebergs can indeed cause submarine landslides.
Can fuel be carbon-negative?

Can fuel be carbon-negative?

Explore how Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) researchers are combining existing energy technology with new, cleaner energy advancements. Could carbon-negative fuels be far behind? May 2022 by Sarah Buckingham What fuels you? Fuels power our daily lives, from the vehicles that transport our food and deliver online orders, to heating and cooling our homes and powering the businesses we support, and much more. In fact, you interact with fuels a lot more than you might realize.
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There are, on average, over 4,000 earthquakes in Canada each year. Many of those earthquakes occur in Western Canada, but Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces also see their fair share of seismic events. On this episode, we’ll be speaking with a seismologist who has spent over 30 years studying earthquakes in Eastern Canada.
Greg Brooks is a geomorphologist that studies evidence of ancient earthquakes in lakes. When designing critical infrastructure, you want to have a good understanding of the long-term earthquake hazards that this infrastructure can be exposed to so that it can be properly designed to be very resilient to earthquake shaking.

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