CoCoRaHS – Canada (Saskatchewan) is hosting a series of information and training seminars in Saskatchewan from December 16-20, 2014 to recruit and train ‘citizen scientists” from across the province.
“CoCoRaHS” (which stands for “Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network”) is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation across Canada. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, CoCoRaHS provides the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. CoCoRaHS operates in every State in the U.S. and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and soon in the NTW.
Seminars are scheduled across the province from December 16-20, 2014 to assist and support current volunteers and to encourage and provide additional information to those interested in joining this unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteer weather watchers.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:30 am – noon Moose Jaw Public Library Moose Jaw, SK
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Days Inn Swift Current , SK
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Saskatoon Public Library Cliff Wright Branch Saskatoon, SK
Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 pm -2:30 pm Tisdale RecPlex Tisdale, SK
Saturday, December 20, 2014 12:00 pm -1:30 pm Regina Public Library George Bothwell Branch (Southland Mall) Regina, Sk
The CoCoRaHS Canada network began in Manitoba in December 2011 following a massive flood experienced in Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan. CoCoRaHS Canada currently has over 500 volunteer ‘Citizen Scientists’ and expects to be country-wide in the coming years.
Precipitation measurements are essential for public safety, agriculture, forestry, and flood monitoring, just to name a few. CoCoRaHS Canada data is used by a wide variety of organizations and individuals. Meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, engineers, mosquito control, farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, students, and neighbors in the community are just some examples of those who use the data. In fact, in 2011, Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan experienced the worst flooding in over 300 years resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to homes, farmland, and infrastructure. Engineers that predict and monitor flooding need accurate rainfall and snowfall data to assist them in their decision making when responding to these types of emergencies. Anyone in Canada can be part of the solution by becoming a CoCoRaHS volunteer.
The data is displayed and organized for many of our end-users to analyze and apply to daily situations ranging from water resource analysis and severe storm warnings to neighbours or schools comparing how much rain fell in their backyards or school grounds. For additional information on the training seminar locations in your area or to learn how you can join CoCoRaHS, visit www.cocorahs.org/Canada.aspx or contact the Saskatchewan CoCoRaHS Coordinator.
Aj Thakker CoCoRaHS Canada – Saskatchewan Coordinator Saskatchewan@cocorahs.org 306-552-6976