MEC Snowfest Ottawa Clinic - The Future of Snow in a Warming World
Climate change is affecting Ottawa winters - and changing the ways in which we enjoy the snowy season. Ottawa's winters are already 2 degrees Celsius warmer than they used to be, average annual snowfall has decreased by almost two feet in the past 100 years, and skating season on the Rideau Canal is getting shorter. A University of Waterloo study commissioned by the National Capital Commission predicted an increase in average winter temperature of 8.5 degrees Celsius by the 2050s - and potentially an end to skiing in Gatineau Park.
On February 5, 2014 more than 250 people gathered to hear an expert panel assembled by Ecology Ottawa discuss the threat that climate change poses to skiing in Ottawa and beyond. Ecology Ottawa brings this discussion to Snowfest, along with mountain environment and permafrost scientist Dr. Stephan Gruber - a Carleton University professor and contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - and Gatineau Park manager Renée Bellehumeur, to explore what global warming means to your winter and what you can do about it.