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Canada’s governments depend on geoscience to inform policy, manage the country’s landmass and develop its natural resources responsibly. The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) is the national organization for geoscientific information and research. Our work supports exploration and decision-making in the mining and energy sectors as well as national sovereignty, hazards risk management and more. If you work in any of these areas, access the data and resources you need to make informed investments and land-use decisions.

Energy resources

We can help you respond to the growing demand for sustainably and responsibly extracted lower-carbon and renewable energy resources. Use our data to make evidence-based decisions about land use and environmentally sound energy resource development.

Climate change

We monitor climate change’s effects on Canada’s permafrost, glaciers and sea levels. Use our tools to inform adaptation strategies for coastal infrastructure and communities, permafrost regions, and transportation routes and northern resource development.

Hazards and public safety

Learn about space weather, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides, and their related risks. Use our information to guide land-use decisions, develop emergency plans and inform the location and design of new structures.

Groundwater and aquifers

Groundwater provides water to a third of all Canadians and 80% of the rural population, but it’s under threat in some regions. We assess the main regional aquifers in Canada, and you can use our data to support your groundwater-related decisions.

Marine and coastal

Canada has the world’s longest coastline. We research its offshore landmass, evaluate natural resource potential and assess natural hazards. Access data about the geological composition, environmental sensitivity and seismic activity in these areas.

Geoscientific research:
GEM-GeoNorth program

Our research above the 55th parallel can help you assess the potential of geological and mineral resources, conduct environmental assessments and make land-use decisions.

Improving mineral exploration: Targeted Geoscience Initiative

Do you need to identify areas for mineral exploration and improve the exploration process, or need a grant to support your research in this area? Learn about our geological models and knowledge, as well as leading-edge tools and methods.

Geoscience tools and data

If you work in mineral exploration, land use or infrastructure management, or other fields that require knowledge about Canada’s geology, access tools and data to help you in your work.

Geoscience maps

Access geoscientific maps by topic within the GEOSCAN database and Canada’s Open Government Platform.

Geoscience publications

Access geoscientific records by topic or search by keyword, author, region and other categories. Find reports, technical notes, published articles, presentations, posters and more.

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