Missing Rinks


Here’s an interesting experiment in citizen-reported climate change: reporting on whether your outdoor skating rinks are holding up under the carbon pressure. The creators of RinkWatch explain their inspiration:

Remember the story of how Wayne Gretzky learned to play hockey on the backyard rink his father made for him in Brantford, Ontario? [A recent] report says some day that will no longer be possible – at least, not in Brantford. This prompted a group of geographers at Wilfrid Laurier University to create RinkWatch. We want outdoor rink lovers across North America and anywhere else in the world to tell us about their rinks.  …

You may not think of it as science, but that’s exactly what you will be doing – making regular, systematic observations about environmental change in your own back yard. You will be joining a growing league of citizen-scientists from across North America.

(via co.Exist)