One of the greatest challenges of our time is to understand climate change, and humanity’s role in it. Ice Watch Canada represents a way for you to contribute important data to this effort.
All you need to do is to select a nearby fresh water lake, bay, or river, and make daily observations during freeze up and thaw out periods. Researchers need to know the date the ice completely covers the water and stays intact for the winter, and the date the ice goes out or completely disappears. Record your observations and send them to the coordinating office. Here’s where you can register as an observer. The key to providing really good data is to make your observations from the exact same spot at the same time of day for every observation.
Ice events help researchers determine how climate change is affecting the local ecosystems, and gives us a better understanding of systemic changes.