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SE Climate Change on the Prairies

Where can you find climate change in Alberta?

Albertans do not experience rising sea levels, tropical storms, wasting ice sheets and sea ice, and extreme heat. These are the impacts of climate change highlighted by the media. The strongest indicator of global climate change is a rise in mean global air temperature, which actually doesn’t exist; it’s a statistical concept. We experience local weather not trends or averages. If the weather becomes unusual, we can suspect climate change. But unusual weather in not uncommon in Alberta, which has amongst the highest climate variability on earth and Canada’s most costly weather events. However, climate change is evident in Alberta if you know where to look.

Speaker: David Sauchyn

Dr. Dave Sauchyn is Director of the PARC - Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. PARC is a research centre providing resources for government and industry on the prairies to assist in dealing with climate change.

His expertise and interests are 1) the climate and hydrology of the past millennium, and 2) how planned adaption can minimize the impacts of climate change. Dave has given more than 450 invited presentations and co-authored about 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was born, raised and educated in the other major city in Alberta. He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1984

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