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Science Literacy Week 2021

C is for Climate

This year’s theme is climate. Science Literacy Week is partnering with Environment and Climate Change Canada and organizations from across Canada to offer content that will inspire you!

Canada is a country that is FILLED with different climates: we have long, harsh winters in our North, mild and rainy stretches along our Coasts, dry flatland and varied temperatures in our Prairies, and heatwaves and snowstorms along our Southern border! These different climates define Canada’s regions and influence the people, plants and animals that live within them. We’re encouraging Canadians to explore how these climates have evolved over time, how those changes have impacted our lives, and how our climates might change in the future.


Celebrate Science Literacy Week at Queen's Library!

The Surface Climates of Canada

In the opening chapters contributors lay out the large-scale context of the physical climate of Canada, introducing the processes, balances, and dynamic linkages between the surface and atmosphere that create and maintain the diversity of surface climates found in Canada as well as outlining the nature of the physical processes that operate near the ground's surface. Individual chapters are dedicated to snow and ice - the almost universal surface cover in Canada - and the other major natural surface environments of Canada: ocean and coastal zones, fresh water lakes, wetlands, arctic islands, low arctic and subarctic lands, forests, and alpine environments.

Changing Cold Environments

This book is a comprehensive overview of the changing nature of the physical attributes of Canada's cold environments and the implications of these changes to cold environments on a global scale. The book places particular emphasis on the broader environmental science and sustainability issues that are of increasing concern to all cold regions if present global climate trends continue. Clearly structured throughout, the book focuses on those elements of Canada's cold environments that will be most affected by global climate change - namely, the tundra, sub-arctic and boreal forest regions of northern Canada, and the high mid-latitude mountains of western Canada.

The North American Forests

The North American Forests: Geography, Ecology, and Silviculture describes where, why, and how the many kinds of trees found on this continent grow in silvical associations - called forest cover types. Thirteen chapters describe more than 100 forest cover types, involving several times that many species.

Heartland Hinterland: A Regional Geography of Canada

This book applies the valuable heartland-hinterland perspective to Canada in the late 1990s. This framework not only defines Canada's position in the world system, but assigns geographical roles to the regions of Canada, accounts for the significant shaping forces of regional growth, and focuses attention on the current issues of regionalism.

Prairie: A Natural History

The North American prairies are among the most altered environments on Earth. Detailed and scientifically up-to-date, this comprehensive guide introduces readers to the biology and ecology of this fabled environment, offering a view of the past, a vision for the future, and a clear focus on the present.

Climate Change in Canada

A significant number of Canadians believe that climate change is the biggest threat facing the world today. Climate change is now more than a scientific debate; it is a matter urgently discussed in the realms of politics, geography, and economics. Rodney White, former Director of University of Toronto's Institute for Environmental Studies, is uniquely placed to write this introduction to one of the most important issues facing us all.What is most likely to happen in Canada? From melting permafrost and falling water levels in the Great Lakes to extreme weather events, White guides us through the latest science and expert predictions.

These are just a few of the books that Queen's Library has to offer.  Use the library's search tool Omni to find other books, ebooks, articles, reports, data, maps and videos.