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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Ocean mapping – a new tool for exploring and managing Canada’s vast offshore resources


John Hughes Clarke, University of New Brunswick

Powerful new developments in undersea mapping can now offer up stunning high-resolution panoramas of the hitherto inaccessible world of Canada’s ocean shelves. For University of New Brunswick Professor John Hughes Clarke and colleagues, it’s a technological revolution that will provide answers to a host of important questions such as what exactly does the Arctic sea floor look like, where are the important ecological habitats, what are the areas at risk for tsunami-generating landslides, and where do natural hydrocarbons vent and seep from the ocean floor. Dr. Hughes Clarke will discuss the science behind the latest mapping advances and explain why these new technologies will become essential tools for defining and protecting our offshore frontiers and for laying the groundwork for the possible future use of their resources. He will also introduce us to Canadian companies that aim to lead the world in developing instrumentation and integrated systems for sensing and visualizing ocean data.

Dr. John E. Hughes Clarke is one the world’s foremost experts in multi-beam sonar systems. He is the Chair in Ocean Mapping at the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Professor in the university’s Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. He works closely with federal and university offshore mapping programs in all three of Canada’s oceans and is sought as a consultant by many of the world’s naval mapping organizations.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $10
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Coordinator: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: April 16th