National research facilities in action

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National research facilities in action

A multimedia compilation highlighting some of Canada’s world-class research facilities
November 28, 2018

Did you know that Canada has some of the world’s most pioneering research labs and equipment? Browse through this collection of multimedia to find out more.

  • Since 2003, Arctic researchers have had unprecedented access to the extreme conditions of the Arctic Ocean aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Amundsen, the only dedicated research icebreaker in the country outfitted with state-of-the-art research labs and equipment. After more than 10 years of collecting natural, health and social science data from the deck of the Amundsen, their achievements have been assessed by an independent panel in a new report for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Below, begin exploring the Amundsen: download the report and meet the researchers who...
  • British Columbia’s coast, which hugs the eastern reaches of the seismically active Ring of Fire, experiences thousands of small- to medium-sized earthquakes each year. Seismologists predict that this area is due for “the big one,” an earthquake of a magnitude of up to 9.0. A comprehensive earthquake early-warning system doesn’t yet exist in Canada, but researchers at the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) have made great strides. The network of world-leading cabled ocean observatories has developed a real-time earthquake and tsunami notification system that...
  • The CFI sat down with Nigel Smith, the Director of SNOLAB, to discuss the Nobel-prize winning particle physics and cosmology research being carried out in this world-class underground facility. To find out more about SNOLAB, see this story....
  • The Canadian Light Source (CLS), located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, is celebrating 10 years of serving researchers from all over the world. The CLS is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and a global centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications. To highlight the cutting-edge work being done at this research facility, the CFI and the CLS have created a package of videos that showcase the brightest minds working with the brightest light. A synchrotron is a source of light many times brighter than the sun which allows scientists to see the...
  • SuperDARN is an international network of high-frequency radars located around the world. They monitor and study space weather to understand how it interacts with the Earth's communications, energy and navigation infrastructures. Kathryn McWilliams, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Program Leader for SuperDARN Canada, works with a team of engineers to analyze the data collected from the radars in Saskatoon and other parts of Canada. SuperDARN Canada is funded in part by the CFI through the Major Science Initiatives Fund....
  • What makes an accelerator mass spectrometer capable of analyzing a trace isotope like radiocarbon, which is present in the environment at one-million-millionth the concentration of regular carbon atoms? How is it able to distinguish between two atoms that have virtually identical mass? Ian Clark, professor of Earth sciences at the University of Ottawa, explains how it all works. This video is part of a feature story about the opening of the Advanced Research Complex at the University of Ottawa. View the image gallery....