Climate Trackers

ClimateTrackers
Climate Trackers is a new citizen-science based sustainability initiative. Community members are invited to register to become Climate Trackers and note their observations related to seasonal changes, weather, plants and wildlife, flooding and more around their home or local neighbourhood on an online web application developed by the UPEI School of Climate and Adaptation.  The purpose of this initiative is to collect local climate data from the community contributions to the app so we can better understand the local impacts of climate change. This data will be used to inform local climate science and municipal government climate change adaptation projects. 

Climate Trackers is a family-friendly initiative that does not require any previous science or data collection experience. As an individual, or a group, participants will be asked to note observations from around their property or local neighbourhood on a regular basis – for example, this could be daily, weekly or anytime something in nature catches the participants attention. 

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Anyone can report their observations to the app but individuals who are dedicated to contribute to local climate science by regularly reporting their observations can register to become Climate Trackers. Registered Climate Trackers will receive a hard copy Climate Diary with information on local climate impacts and space for daily and seasonal observations. Registered Climate Trackers will also receive a Nature Guide that features colour photos and descriptions of plants and animals on PEI to help identify and track their observations.  

For anyone who is familiar with the popular app: iNaturalist, this project can be best described as a local version of that app where the data reported through observations will go directly to local climatologists and to government. 

To learn more about the Climate Trackers project and to register to become a Climate Tracker check out the following pages:

Frequently Asked Questions

Register to become a Climate Tracker

This project was developed in partnership with the UPEI School of Climate and Adaptation and the Town of Stratford. 

Climate Trackers Information Session 

Tuesday, May 17th 6:00PM-7:45PM – UPEI Faculty Lounge: UPEI Main Building, 550 University Ave, Charlottetown
Hosted by partners at the UPEI Climate Lab, the City of Charlottetown, and the Town of Stratford, this workshop will provide a brief background on the project, information about how to get involved, and why citizen science projects like this one are crucial to help scientists and municipal staff understand the local impacts of climate change and to use this data to inform municipal policy and climate change adaptation efforts. 

Signs of Spring ‘Walkshop’

Saturday, May 28th 1:00PM-2:00PM – Robert Cotton Park, 57 Bunbury Road, Stratford
Hosted by Hannah Gehrels, the PEI Wild Child Programs Coordinator, this  'walkshop' takes participants on a journey through Robert Cotton Park to identify and discuss the beloved signs of spring and how some of these typical seasonal indicators are changing due to climate change. This event is family friendly and participants should dress for the weather/proper footwear for walking on varied terrain. 

PEI Invasive Species and Climate Change

Tuesday, May 31st 6:00PM-7:00PM –  Farm Center, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

Hosted by the PEI Invasive Species Council Coordinator - this workshop will discuss how to identify and manage invasive species on PEI as well as how climate change impacts invasive species. 

Local Indicators of Climate Change 

Wednesday, June 8th 6:00PM – 7:45PM – West Royalty Community Center, 1 Kirkdale Road, Charlottetown
Don Jardine of the UPEI Climate Research Lab will discuss his research and findings on the local impacts of climate change that are already being observed on PEI and climate change impacts e can expect to see in the coming years. 


PRE-REGISTER for the information session & workshops here!