GEM-GeoNorth is the next version of the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM). The new program will continue to enhance geological understanding of Canada’s North, focusing on areas with high potential for critical minerals and other mined commodities.
The program will also conduct complementary geoscience research, such as the study of permafrost and the Northern environment. This complementary geoscience is relevant to assessing risks to Northern infrastructure.
It will continue to engage with an Advisory Group of Northerners and Indigenous communities and organizations to discuss research projects and results.
GEM-GeoNorth is based in five strong pillars:
- Refine geological knowledge regarding untapped resource potential in Canada’s North
- Enhance understanding of rapidly changing landscapes and coasts to support economic development via critical infrastructure
- Develop and provide new public geoscience to inform environmental assessments
- Leverage innovative data-driven predictive methods to forecast cumulative impacts in a changing climate
- Co-develop research priorities and products with Northerners and Indigenous peoples
The presentation will cover the successes of the previous GEM installments, as well as was is being currently planned for the next 7 years.