This Infosuperior podcast deals with the Paris climate conference through an interview with Ezekial McLeod, an undergraduate Water Resource Science student at Lakehead University. Zeke attended the Paris conference in person and outlines his experience there. He also comments on what the agreement means to Canadian and U.S. residents around Lake Superior and to the lake itself.
The long-term average for ice cover on the Great Lakes between the years 1973 and the present is 53%, although last winter coverage rose to 92%. Great Lakes ice is part and parcel of weather and the environment but also affects the economy including hydropower, commercial shipping and the fishing industry. There is a strong relationship between regional climate, water temperature, water movement and even spring plankton blooms. More information about Lake Superior and Great Lakes ice, including maps showing coverage, can be found below:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research site
- Great Lakes historical ice cover over time (1973 – to 2014)
- NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
In this podcast, or audio interview, Lakehead University Masters student Nathan Wilson provides an overview of research he is conducting at Cloud Lake in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Nathan’s research looks at Cloud Lake water quality and environmental health. Listen to the interview.
A December 1st article about improving health of the Great Lakes also focuses on persistent issues which have yet to be resolved, a mercury issue in Thunder Bay’s “North Harbour” among them. The long article notes both improvements and problems across the Great Lakes. Go to the article…