"Rideau Canal Skateway, the 7.8 kilometre ice path winding through the Canadian
capital city of Ottawa, is a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
This winter, for the first time, the Rideau Canal Skateway did not open.
Although transforming the Rideau Canal waterway into the winter skateway —
which typically welcomes more than 21,000 visitors on average per day —
requires considerable engineering and logistical effort, the ice cover growth
is ultimately governed by the ambient environmental conditions.
Even if we achieve our global commitment to limit temperature increase to less
than 2 C this century, climate change will continue to impact this culturally
significant Canadian heritage site. Global warming is known to impact our
ecosystems, biodiversity, food security and infrastructure.
Recent studies have observed decreases in the seasonal duration and area
coverage of lake and river ice, with long-term negative impacts projected for
And while the National Capital Commission (NCC) has been working towards
advancing sustainable adaptation strategies that promote the resilience of such
climate change-impacted areas, it needs to be supported with informed
decision-making. Our research at Carleton University, in collaboration with the
NCC, will establish an adaptive framework to support this strategy."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics