Laurier Arts: Geography and Environmental Studies

Laurier Arts: Geography and Environmental Studies


it really is one of those touch stone of
what it means to be Canadian. The whole mythology of Wayne Gretzky
learning on the backyard rink that his dad built for him
and it’s just I think something that Canadians do and cherish
very much. You know flooding the backyard going for
skate is a great way to, to spend the winter. The fact that people
can you something that they’re passionate about like outdoor rinks and contribute to a scientific project, I
think that people find that very exciting and interesting to be apart of.
We’re born scientists and there’s no reason that it shouldn’t
be a normal part of our life and that we shouldn’t enjoy it. Rink Watch is a pretty simple
website to navigate if you have a rink in your
neighborhood, an outdoor rink that you skate on regularly, pin its location on
our interactive map and then come back on a regular basis
and report if you can skate or not based on the weather conditions. people might be a little bit surprised
at a project like bring watch would come a Faculty of Arts. We’ve made environmental researcher
priority here so that we’re contributing to the
broader conversation in Canada and internationally about how the
natural environment is important to our quality of life and
how some other things that we’re doing have impacts on the natural environment
as well. The great thing about citizen size for
data collection is that we have a wider reach and we have more people involved and we have more data volume. For a given area we may
have one weather station at the airport but we may have 500 rinks and so the very fine scale spatial
resolution variation in temperature is where we can start to resolve by using this rink data. We see this as a
starting point and not as a finishing point and so in the coming years here at
the Laurier Faculty of Arts and in the Department of Geography
environmental studies what we want to do is to build an ethos across Canada and
across North America that all of us are scientists we all
need to pull together

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