Hazards Research

Our research covers the physical processes related to natural hazards


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Seasonal avalanche hazard forecasting

While the effect of large-scale climate patterns on winter temperature and precipitation in Western Canada is relatively well understood, little is known regarding the link between climate and avalanche hazard.

Climate change & stability of glaciated volcanoes

During summer 2010, snow and ice melt at Mt. Meager caused the largest historical landslide in Canada. We are characterizing landslides and glacial activity as well as their influence on the deeper volcanic system.

Coastal Aquifers, Storm Surge & Sea Level Rise

Freshwater supplies in coastal aquifers may become contaminated by seawater due to rapid inundation from storm surge or graduate inundation due to sea level rise. Water management in coastal areas should include emergency response measures as well as long-term planning.

Damage & rock slope stability

Using an integrated remote sensing-numerical modelling approach, we aim to enhance our understanding of the factors and mechanisms that affect the formation and evolution of slope damage, and subsequently the relation between damage and slope stability.