Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

In Canada: Possible changes in geophysics programs



The Earth Physics Branch of the Canadian Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources (formerly the Dominion Observatory) has been the primary government agency for geophysics in Canada since the turn of the century. It has operated the national observatories for seismology and geomagnetism and has established and maintained national networks, surveys, and standards in gravity, geodynamics, and geothermics. A reassessment of the role of federal government agencies now underway by the current Conservative administration in Canada is examining the question of whether the Earth Physics Branch should be combined with the Geological Survey of Canada in one agency that would carry the issue is expected within the next few out all federal geoscience activities. The opinion that such a merger would adversely affect the future of solid earth geophysics in Canada has been expressed by the Canadian Geophysical Union in a letter to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources. Resolution of the issue is expected within the next few months.