Dr. Blais-Stevens will briefly introduce the Public Safety Geohazards program and its research activities across Canada. The main role of a research scientist at the GSC is to provide baseline geoscience information to various jurisdictions, stakeholders, and decision-makers. She will discuss her landslide research in some areas of British Columbia and Yukon. When focussing on an infrastructure development project, her work involves creating an inventory of pre-historic and historical landslides followed by landslide susceptibility thematic mapping. Landslide susceptibility maps are generated to identify zones that are prone to future landslides. Some examples will be presented from the Sea to Sky corridor, Douglas Channel, and Yukon-Alaska Highway. When large landslides are identified, she tries to understand the potential geological, geomorphological, and climatic characteristics of the affected areas and the potential triggers. The Sutherland River and Khyex River landslides will be presented. Finally, one of her activities has been to update regularly the map of historical landslides that have caused fatalities in Canada since 1771. She will briefly touch on those results.
The Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) at UNBC hosts a weekly lecture series at the Prince George campus. Anyone from the university or wider community with interest in the topic area is welcome to attend. Presentations are also made available to remote participants through Livestream (Channel 1). Go to http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts to view the presentation remotely.
Past NRESi colloquium presentations and special lectures can be viewed on our video archive, available here.