University of Calgary

Geophysics students investigating Calgary flood history

Largest-ever field school examines the geologic record of historic floods on the Bow River

Aug. 27, 2013

The University of Calgary is holding its first ever urban field school in Calgary and aspiring geophysicists will use their skills to help Calgarians better understand the flood history of the Bow River.

The two week field program, which began August 20, is examining the geologic record to help uncover useful information concerning past changes in the river caused by historic floods. By better understanding previous floods, it's hoped the effects of future floods can be predicted.

For this special project, the City of Calgary granted the university access to Inglewood Wildlands Park and Shouldice Park - two areas that were strategically selected for their proximity to the Bow River.

A record number of 50 students have benefited from the field school's hands-on research and training activities on some of Calgary's riverbank regions hardest hit by the June flood.

Members of the media are invited to meet university professors who will explain the program and see students undertake active seismic surveys using geophysical equipment.

WHAT:     The University of Calgary's urban geophysics field school         
WHEN:     Wednesday August 28, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.           
WHERE:    Meet in the parking lot of Shouldice Park, 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.
          and you will be escorted to the site

WHO:      Professors Don Lawton, Kris Innanen and Adam Pidlisecky and       
          geophysics field school students