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Presentation

The Geotop Research Centre on the Dynamics of the Earth System was founded in 1974 by researchers from the Earth Sciences department at UQAM as a mass spectrometry facility, originally called the Centre de recherche en Géochimie isotopique et en Géochronologie. It obtained its first infrastructure support grant from the Fonds pour la Formation des Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche (FCAR) shortly after its creation.

Since then, with funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the UQAM Foundation and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Geotop now operates a large array of mass spectrometers dedicated to radiogenic and stable isotope analysis, and other state-of-the-art laboratory instruments.

Today, Geotop is a research and graduate training centre which is officially designated as a strategic cluster by the Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT). Geotop includes more than 50 professors-researchers with research interests in the Earth System Sciences, who have training in Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geophysics. These researchers come from UQAM, McGill UniversityConcordia UniversityINRS-Eau,Terre et Environnement, ISMER at UQAR, Université de Montréal, UQATPolytechnique Montréal and Ministère de l'énergie et des ressources naturelles du Québec.

At a time when issues concerning the Earth are becoming increasingly complex, requiring multidisciplinary approaches, Geotop is actively contributing to the training of future scientists through the collective sharing of expertise and resources, allowing for leading edge research in the field and in the laboratory. Dr. Daniele Pinti is currently the director of Geotop.

Geotop is funded by:

  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université McGill
  • Université Concordia
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    Geotop projects and researchers are supported by:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS)
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Canadian Geological Foundation
  • Fonds de développement académique du réseau (FODAR)
  • Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC)
  • Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, Recherche et Science (MESRST)
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    Geotop's partners are:

  • Hydro-Québec
  • Ministère Énergie et Ressources naturelles du Québec (MERN)
  • St. Lawrence Centre
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Geological Survey of Canada
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    Geotop takes part in the following programmes and networks:

  • Observatories for Lithospheric Analysis and Research Investigating Seismicity (Polaris Consortium)
  • Greenland Lithosphere Analysed Teleseismically on the Ice Sheet (GLATIS)
  • Expérience canadienne de surveillance sismique dans l'Extrême Arctique (CHASME)
  • Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
  • International Marine Past Global Change Study (IMAGES)
  • International Polar Year (IPY)
  • PromoScienceInternational Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP)
  • ArcticNet
  • MAGNET
  • EarthScope