September 2006 ISSUE

the geosciences

Hurricanes: Their Coastal Impact
— And Their Alberta Impact

You may not think they’re a problem in Alberta, but actually hurricanes do affect the entire oil and gas industry. This year’s Honorary Address of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists takes on hurricanes.

The Honorary Address — an integral part of the outreach program of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists — blows into Calgary on Oct. 24. The address always strives to bring interesting and topical science to the geoscience community, and this year’s edition is no exception with hurricanes taking centre stage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Theatre.

Educating the general public on geoscience and its societies is also part of the address’s mandate. This year, the address will reach an audience of over 2,500 junior high students during a free afternoon performance. The evening version is open to the general public.

“We strive to be topical and current, and hurricanes certainly seem to fit that bill,” says a CCPG release.

The event opens with a lecture from Jerry Sexton, who specializes in coastal geomorphology, and works in South Carolina on coastal and shelf sands through his company Athena Technologies. Some readers may have been lucky enough to attend his field school, which he runs for industry.

Mr. Sexton will bring firsthand experience with hurricanes to Calgary, and discuss their impact on coastlines.

While hurricanes affect the geologic record, they also affect the oil and gas industry. Daniel Collins, a director with Cambridge Energy Research Associates, will shed some light on how hurricanes have left their mark on the industry and Calgary.

Doors open at 5:30, allowing you to take advantage of pre-event lobby displays and a silent auction. Speakers will run from 7-9:30 p.m., with a question and answer period to follow.

Tickets are $10 each or $5 for students, seniors and groups, and will be available through Ticketmaster.

Next year, organizers plan to recognize the International Polar Year 2007-2009.

More info

Jennifer Dunn, P.Geol.


Kim Maclean