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TitleA successful strategy for developing best practice "guidelines" for professional geoscientists
AuthorBobrowsky, PORCID logo; Crow, HORCID logo; Couture, R; Boteler, DORCID logo
Source4th International Professional Geoscientists Conference, volume of abstracts; 2012 p. 32
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20110188
Meeting4th International Professional Geoscientists Conference; Vancouver; CA; January 22-24, 2012
Subjectsengineering geology; geophysics; Health and Safety; governments; health hazards; landslides; geomagnetism; pipelines; electric power; seismic waves; magnetic storms; satellites
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience National Guidelines for Natural Hazard Assessment and Mitigation
Released2012 01 01
Professionals in all disciplines frequently rely on specialized documentation that provides examples of "best practice" for its practitioners. Occasionally such documents are prescriptive, regulatory and obligatory in the legal sense, but more frequently they are timely and extensive compilations (guidelines) by the peer community that illustrate current philosophies of practice, successful examples of application and consensus opinions on various methods and techniques relevant to the discipline in question. Professional geologists, geotechnical engineers and others in Canada will soon have access to a series of national hazard related "guidelines" to be issued by the Government of Canada that address hazard topics affecting the health and safety of Canadians. The aim of each volume is to provide a state of the art synthesis of the particular hazard including, where applicable, lexicons of specialized terminology, reviews of methods and techniques for hazard identification and monitoring, analyses of the contributing and triggering factors, descriptions of mitigative options and many other aspects. Specialists at the Geological Survey of Canada are now coordinating contributions from respective Canadian experts representing government, academia and the private sector as advisors, editors, authors and reviewers to the various volume chapters. Specifically, the Geological Survey of Canada will be publishing the following Canadian volumes: 1) Technical Guidelines for Canadian Landslide Hazards; 2) Guidelines for Shear Wave Investigations for Seismic Site Characterization in Canada; 3) Space Environment Effects on Satellites; 4) Geomagnetic Effects on Power Systems; 5) Geomagnetic Effects on Pipelines; 6) Ionospheric Effects on Radio Communications. The significance and role of adequate representation by the professional community practising in various sectors, the importance of collaboration and dialogue, the need for endorsement by learned societies and other lessons learned in this exercise will be presented and reviewed. The guidelines effort by the GSC provides an excellent example of a successful program and strategy that best serves both the professional geoscience community and the public at large on a number of geo-issues of value to all.

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