The Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) is pleased to announce the 7th Canadian Geohazards Conference – Geohazards 7 – to be held June 3-6, 2018 at the Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre in Canmore, Alberta. The CGS’s Geohazards conferences are the premiere forums in Canada for the sharing and dissemination of scientific and engineering knowledge related to geohazard assessment and risk management.
Canmore is ideally situated for hosting Geohazards 7. It is located within easy travel distance from the Calgary International Airport, and is less than a 30-minute drive from Banff National Park. Heavy rainfall in June 2013 resulted in the worst floods in Alberta’s history. Landslides, debris floods and debris flows cut off highway and rail access to Banff and Canmore, and many homes constructed on alluvial fans were destroyed. Municipal governments, the Province and the engineering and geoscience community have since carried out aggressive programs to quantify geohazard risk, increase public awareness of hazards, and are constructing mitigation measures to reduce future risk. Canmore is a terrific venue to showcase the results of some of these initiatives, which will feature in the conference program and fieldtrip.
This conference will be of interest to engineering and geoscience students and consultants, industry, and government agency representatives who are involved in planning, approval, construction and operation of infrastructure and residential development in areas prone to geohazards. The conference will touch on the full gamut of hazards and risks associated with floods, debris flows, landslides, snow avalanche, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, degrading permafrost and more. Arming participants with greater awareness of methods for quantifying geohazard magnitude and frequency for risk assessment and mitigation design, quantifying uncertainty in a changing climate, and communicating with the public about geohazard issues, are key objectives of the conference.
Look for the full Geohazards 7 conference website and the opening of the Call for Abstracts in early 2017. To be kept informed of the website launch and key dates as the conference gets closer, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.