Environment Canada Honours Volunteer Climate Observers at Three Federal Government
Research Centres

KENTVILLE, N.S. September 2, 2003 - Environment Canada recognized the staff at the Kentville, Nappan and Fredericton sites of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) today for reaching milestones of continuous service operating a volunteer climate observing station.

The Atlantic Food and Horticultural Research Centre in Kentville received an award for 70 years of service. Both the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton and the Nappan Research Farm received awards for 90 years of service.

John Merrick, Manager of the Environmental Monitoring Division with Environment Canada, Atlantic Region, presented a certificate and plaque to Wade Johnson, former Director of the Atlantic Food and Horticulture Research Centre; Dr. Lien Chow, research scientist representing the Potato Research Centre; and Vernon Rodd, research biologist representing the Nappan Research Farm.

"These volunteers make a valuable contribution toward a greater understanding of the climate and its effect on the environment," said Merrick.

Climate volunteers have taken daily readings of Canada's ever changing climate since 1840. Their work consists of recording the maximum, minimum and current temperatures, as well as the amount of precipitation whether it be rain or snow. Some observers also record the amount of sunshine, speed of the wind and the temperature of the soil.

When combined with other data, the reports compiled by individual climate observers create a record of Canada's climate, and are sometimes used in studies and statistical reports regarding regional climate. The information they gather also assists Environment Canada in its ongoing study of the weather and climate fluctuations that affect both our economic activities and everyday lives.

Each year, certificates and awards are presented to organizations, individuals and families who have reached milestones of long-time continuous service as volunteer climate observers. This year close to 20 volunteer climate observers from Atlantic Canada are receiving awards, recognizing service ranging from 15 to 90 years in the program.

For further information, please contact:

John Merrick
Manager, Environmental Monitoring Division
Environment Canada - Atlantic Region
(902) 426-9125

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