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As the daily media remind us, the risks to our personal and national security go well beyond terrorist threats to include epidemics, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and even nuclear accidents. To find out what's on people's minds, Dimensions invited Canadians to ask questions about natural and human disasters, and how they affect our security. We then posed these questions to scientists in fields ranging from astronomy and seismology to biochemistry and engineering.
What do Canadians want to know about natural disasters?
Ice cap melt:
Dr. Andrew Cornett leads the coastal engineering group at the NRC Canadian Hydraulics Centre in Ottawa.
Dr. John Adams is a seismologist at Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa.
Dr. Dean MacNeil investigates clean energy technologies at the NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology in Ottawa.
Dr. Robert (Wayne) Jenkinson specializes in hydrology and hydrotechnical engineering at the NRC Canadian Hydraulics Centre in Ottawa.
Dr. Patrick McGinn has expertise in the molecular biology and physiology of algae. He works at the NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences in Halifax.
Dr. James McNamee is a scientist in Health Canada's electromagnetics group in Ottawa.
Dr. J. J. Kavelaars is an astronomer at the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Victoria.
Dr. Hossein Mostafaei has expertise in the seismic behaviour of structures. He works at the NRC Institute for Research in Construction in Ottawa.
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