The coordinated voice for Canadian Earth Sciences

The Mission of CFES is to be the coordinated voice of the Earth science community in Canada, ensuring that decision makers and the general public understand the contributions of Earth sciences to Canadian society and the Canadian economy

What is CFES - what does CFES do?

CFES/FCST was established in 2006 as the successor to the Canadian Geoscience Council (CGC). CFES is an umbrella organization of 12 Canadian member societies and 2 cooperative groups (the list of member organizations is here). Our constituency represents industry (minerals, hydrocarbons, environmental/geotechnical), government (Provincial/Territorial Geological Surveys) and Academia, in total, an estimated 20,000 Canadian earth scientists.  CFES/FCST also closely cooperates with 4 observer organizations.


News & Events

Apr 10, 2014

GeoHazards6, sponsored by CGS, will be held at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario, 15-18 June 2014. The technical program will be supplemented by 4 keynote presentations from highly regarded speakers covering topical issues ranging from Tsunami Hazard risk in Canada to Pipeline Lifecycles, a technical trade show, and a special one day workshop at the end of the conference, "Geohazard Risk Communication, Perception and Tolerance Workshop".

Apr 8, 2014
SMCC’s Webinar on the International Panel on Climate Change - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II released its report on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability at the end of a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan. This is the second of the three working groups that together produced the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
For more information, click here to read our backgrounder on the IPCC.
Apr 3, 2014
Three Observations for Geoscience Programs: Report on Academic Program Classification Released

Alexandria, VA - Answering a community-wide call from geoscience societies and
employers, an American Geoscience Institute inter-society ad hoc committee
examined the issue of academic geosciences program accreditation. The committee
has concluded its two years of study, and released a report that details three
observations regarding the classification of college and university geoscience

The committee's three major observations are about distinctive approaches:
program accreditation by a board or community, classification of programs, and
student competency-based badgering/portfolios. All of these approaches are
currently in use for managing academic programs outside of the geosciences, and
could be readily adopted for use by geosciences programs. The rationale,
benefits, and challenges of each approach are detailed. Much as the formation of
this committee was driven by the community, the report suggests that community
should determine what combination, if any, of these pathways might strengthen
the geosciences into the future.

Numerous previous efforts have been attempted to assess the viability of a
formal program accreditation process for the geosciences, but this report is the
first that has identified defined possibilities.

This report is available from AGI's website
Mar 24, 2014
Western oil buried in Eastern sand - from Journal of Sedimentary Research
The oil sands are synonymous with Alberta, but a new study (University of Calgary) shows that most of the actual sand comes from further east. By analysing trace amounts of uranium and lead in individual sand grains called zircons, researchers showed that most of the sediment was originally eroded from faraway places, such as the Appalachian mountain range. This improved understanding of how the oil sands formed could help oil companies develop better extraction techniques.
Mar 18, 2014
Severe ocean acidification following the Chicxulub impact - from Nature Geoscience
In the days following the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, sulphur-rich vapour resulting from the impact could have acidified the oceans far more quickly than previously thought, a new study shows. Researchers have found that the asteroid impact velocity could have vaporized the sulphur-rich rock (anhydrite) found in the Yucatan peninsula to form particles of sulphuric acid that quickly dispersed across the globe.
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