RinkWatch

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities create...

a database of backyard ice rink conditions built on information provided by Canadians, leading to a better understanding of climate change patterns across Canada.

Understanding climate change’s real world impacts at local scales is challenging. Using “skateability” data submitted by hundreds of Canadians and Americans who maintain outdoor rinks in their backyards and neighbourhood parks,  Wilfrid Laurier University researchers Colin Robertson, Robert McLeman, and Haydn Lawrence track winter weather variations and trends across North America.

Using a web-based map created with the help of Esri Canada, the researchers have collected data from over 1,500 rinks, allowing them to identify critical winter temperature thresholds and to forecast future skating conditions to the end of the century.

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