Environment Canada weather stations, 1960. map J MacFadyen

Long-range forecasts

Originally posted on The Otter ~ La Loutre, February 3 is getting a bad reputation. If like me you grow weary of Canadian winters around this time of year, and neither the Super Bowl nor Groundhog Day predictions offered any hope yesterday, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you weren’t in Snag,…

Once a jumping off point for swimmers, this lighthouse is now 600m from the channel at St Peters Harbour PEI due to coastal accretion. Historical photos courtesy of Carol Livingstone, PEI Lighthouse Society.

Swallowed by the Sea/shore

At the start of the summer NiCHE asked for our favourite and most meaningful photos from summer research or vacation. OK I’ll bite. I’ve seen some amazing landscapes and images so far this year, being lucky (or maybe foolish) enough to have travelled from Vancouver Island, BC to Twillingate Island, Newfoundland, and spent at least…

The Blue Marble: View of the earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon. Source, Wikipedia

Remote Sensing and Historical GIS

(Originally posted on The Otter, Jan 10, 2013) Forty years ago, on Christmas Eve 1972, NASA released a gift to the public, the “Blue Marble” image of the whole Earth from space. This photograph was unplanned and originally unwanted by NASA, but it quickly became one of the most reproduced images on Earth.[1] The astronauts…

Spring planting: Prince Edward Island Potatoes

As a Man Sows: Spring Planting, Prices, and the Birth of Monoculture on PEI

It is now common to read statementslike “Modern industrial agriculture is a disastrous failure, as it defies practically every natural law related to food cultivation, ecological and environmental protection and stewardship, and human nutrition.” But if this is true when did it begin, and why did new settlers decide to farm in this way? On this the last…