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 22, 2014
Into thin Martian air - Nature Geoscience - The thicker a planet’s atmosphere, the less likely it is for small meteors to survive long enough to generate an impact crater. By analysing impact craters in an area of Mars known as Aeolis Dorsa, researchers have worked out that the atmosphere on Mars 3.6 billion years ago was probably only about 150 times thicker than today, which is still too thin to support the presence of liquid water that carved out the ancient river beds we now see. The authors suggest that if Mars had a thick atmosphere, it was likely only briefly and temporarily, and could have been driven by heat and gases from volcanic eruptions and/or external impacts.
Apr 22, 2014
Methane leaks from Pennsylvania shale gas well in the drilling phase – Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA - Using data from an aircraft survey of southwestern Pennsylvania in June 2012, researchers have shown that shale gas wells in the drilling phase emit between 100 and 1000 times more methane than previously thought. The authors call for an examination of all aspects of natural gas production activity to improve methane inventory estimates and identify possible mitigation solutions.
Full article here.
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
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