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What does climate change look like in Saskatchewan?

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Location: Research and Innovation Centre -RIC 119-

What does climate change look like in Saskatchewan?

Dr. David Sauchyn, Professor in Geography & Environmental Studies, and Director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), will discuss the difficulty of detecting climate change in Saskatchewan. The images typically used to convey the impacts and urgency of climate change are of phenomena, such as high sea levels, tropical storms, glaciers, polar bears, extreme heat, etc., that don’t exist in Saskatchewan. The strongest indicator of global climate change is a rise in mean global air temperature, which actually does not exist because it’s a statistical concept. In other words, we experience the local weather, not trends or averages. If the weather becomes unusual, we can suspect climate change. But how often is the weather in Saskatchewan unusual? In Saskatchewan, the natural variability in weather and climate is amongst the largest on Earth.

The Academics for Climate Community Series: Towards a Better Understanding of Climate Change in Saskatchewan is an 11-part interdisciplinary series designed to increase public understanding of climate change and its range of impacts. The series will run January through April 2020. Keep an eye on the AFC FB page for details and updates:

Academics for Climate (AFC) gratefully acknowledges support for the Community Series from the University of Regina’s Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP), Faculty of Education, Luther College, Department of Anthropology, Department of Classics and Philosophy, Department of Economics, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and the Department of Sociology and Social Studies.

AFC series events will be held on the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, as well as the homelands of the Métis/Michif Nation. The University of Regina resides on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6.