John J. Clague

Canada Research Chair in Natural Hazards Research

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2010-09-01
Simon Fraser University
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research involves

Studying hazardous earth processes including earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and floods; research into the impact of climate change on the landscape, vegetation and humans.

Research relevance

The research aims to reduce the vulnerability of Canadians and Canada's economic infrastructure to natural disasters and climate change.

Undermining Disaster: Natural Hazards Research in British Columbia

Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods and other earth processes are a threat to Canadians and Canada's economic infrastructure.
We need to know what areas in Canada are vulnerable to natural disasters in order to diminish the terrible destruction-the loss of life as well as the economic damage-that occur when such events happen. We also need to know how severe these disasters are likely to be, what kinds of impact they may have and how often they may happen.

Dr. John Clague hopes to answer many of these questions. The Simon Fraser University Professor is working with colleagues in government, universities and the private sector to document the earthquake and tsunami hazards in British Columbia, to evaluate the vulnerability of highways and railway lines in BC to landslides and to assess the likely impact future climate warming will have on the landscape.

This research chair will be the cornerstone of a unique new Centre for Natural Hazards Research that will build on Simon Fraser University's existing strengths to create a critical mass of researchers in the field of natural hazards research. The Centre will enable the university to make important contributions to natural hazards science and to reduce Canada's vulnerability to natural disasters. It will also train students for important careers in land use planning and environmental management.