Located in the Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University, CNHR includes partners from Resource & Environmental Management (SFU), the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia, as well as from other national and international institutions. Our mandate is to conduct innovative training and research on geophysical processes that are a threat to the population and economic infrastructure of Canada.
Our research covers the physical processes related to natural hazards
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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.
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.
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.
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.