iMAGE-CREATE is a new platform for training in solid earth geosciences that brings together land-based geologists and marine scientists to achieve a better understanding of the Deep Earth, its hazards, and its resources.
The supply of energy and mineral resources to a growing global population is a major challenge for the future. To find new resources that can be exploited safely, we need better models of the Earth’s crust and its endowment. Critical new knowledge about the Earth’s structure and makeup is emerging from the study of plate tectonics in the oceans. Acquiring this knowledge and applying it to resource discovery on land requires a new type of training and skilled geoscientists who can use that expertise in the real world.
The University of Ottawa is partnering with students and researchers from across Canada and in leading institutions overseas to develop a new research and training program in geodynamics and georesources. We are working directly with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, to provide world-class experience at sea, and with Canadian institutions conducting parallel research on land. Canada, as a global leader in resource development, and Germany, with its state-of-the-art marine infrastructure, are the ideal partners to achieve the goals of this new CREATE.
Members and affiliates in the program are studying the origins of the Earth’s crust and its contained resources as they are forming today in the oceans and where continents first emerged in the distant geological past. While working on their own research topics, trainees are joining sea-going expeditions and mapping schools and receiving hands-on instruction in the application of sophisticated geophysical technology, supported by intensive courses on geodynamics and resources delivered by the collaborating centers.
We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).