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Geoscience BC and B.C. Geological Survey team up on research and communication

by Greg Klein | July 24, 2020

In a sense they’ll be marking off their turf in order to better study it. Two British Columbia groups dedicated to the province’s geology plan to co-ordinate and collaborate on their research. An MOU between Geoscience BC and the British Columbia Geological Survey outlines a plan to identify public geoscience needs, standardize collection of data and its public access, and co-deliver their work.

Under the three-year agreement, a steering committee will guide collaborative work, while a charter outlines the committee’s purpose and functions.

Geoscience BC and B.C. Geological Survey team up on research and communication

Among the innovative projects of Geoscience BC
was a bio-geochemistry survey of tree clippings.
(Photo: Geoscience BC)

Clearly, the organizations’ interests overlap. Established by the province in 1895, the BCGS conducts research and provides data for mineral exploration and land use management.

Founded in 2005, Geoscience BC gets funding from the province and regional trusts, and also receives in-kind support from volunteers. The non-profit’s research covers topics including minerals, oil and gas, geothermal energy and groundwater.

Some areas of collaboration will include regional and targeted geochemical and geophysical surveys, geological mapping, innovative research methods, and specialist studies such as geochronology and isotopic research.

The parties will also seek to complement each other for greater efficiency and economy, and to co-ordinate their communications from the local to international level.

Publications will be technically reviewed, revised and edited following BCGS protocols and Geoscience BC’s peer review process. The BCGS will store and distribute reports, samples and data.

“AME is pleased to see the formalization of a collaborative approach to geoscience in B.C.,” commented Association for Mineral Exploration president/CEO Kendra Johnston. The alliance provides “a unique made-in-B.C. approach to providing high-quality public geoscience that is key to informing responsible development decisions and to attracting global investment to B.C. We look forward to seeing the positive results of this formal collaboration.”

Learn more about Geoscience BC and the British Columbia Geological Survey.

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