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Read success stories about NRC research, and how our work contributes to the success of our clients and partners.

 

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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Industry: Clean Technologies, Construction, Energy and natural resources, Transportation
Ivana Vouk

- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Wind turbines and solar panels dot the landscape in many parts of Canada, each helping to reduce Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels and move the nation to more environmentally friendly and sustainable power sources. Today, almost 17 percent of Canada’s total primary energy supply comes from renewable resources – an important contribution toward extending the planet’s life and reducing our impact on the environment as energy demand continues to rise. The National Research Council (NRC) is working to increase this percentage through R&D focused on mapping marine energy resources improving the commercial and technical performance of marine renewable energy systems – emerging technologies for harvesting useful energy from ocean waves and water currents in both rivers and coastal waters.
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
By the late 1990s, Canadian Ice Service (CIS) identified the urgent need for a new forecasting model that could meet the requirements of modern operations. The National Research Council (NRC) undertook a research effort aimed at developing a reliable iceberg drift forecasting model in collaboration with CIS, academia and private consultants.
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
With the majority of the world's population living along coasts, engineers must consider the effects of waves and water levels, and sometimes ice, when designing coastal infrastructure facilities. These natural forces can cause operational and safety issues, as well as structural damage, with the potential for significant financial consequences. When Baird & Associates (Baird) approached the National Research Council (NRC) in 2004 to undertake physical modeling for a port in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar to assess these risks, the NRC team was up for the challenge.
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- Ottawa, Ontario

Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Pressured ice conditions arise when environmental forces cause the convergence of ice, creating dangerous build-ups. This pressured ice an have seriously adverse effects on ships causing them to be stranded in harsh climates and increasing the safety risks to the crew aboard. Until 2011, no reliable method was available to predict these dangerous regions making it extremely difficult to navigate through ice-covered waters. Depending on the severity of ice conditions, a vessel affected by pressured ice can be beset between a few hours to a couple of weeks.