The objective of the project is to determine the long-term climate variability of the Canadian Prairies. This natural variability is a major component of our warming climate. We will use instrumental and proxy (tree-ring) data to examine the trends and cycles in climate for the past millennium. The statistical properties of the present and past climate regimes will be compared to the climate variability simulated by global and regional climate models. This combined analysis of modeled and observed climate data will inform decision making about adaptation to climate change in the Prairie Provinces. Key deliverables will include reports and scientific papers and presentations at conferences and workshops. The intern will be involved in the dissemination of the project results.
Duties and responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the intern include:
- Field work to collect tree rings in Saskatchewan and Alberta
- Processing of the wood sample in the University of Regina Tree-Ring Lab
- Extraction of climate signals from the processed tree-ring data
- Developing and analyzing the climate history of the past 1000 years
- Combining data from the tree-rings and climate models to develop scenarios of future climate variability
- Applying these scenarios to the assessment of vulnerability to future climate change
Knowledge and skills
Ideally knowledge and skills will include good time management, written and verbal communication. Prior experience in laboratory work, problem solving, numerical analysis, and database management is desirable. Patience and focus are key attributes. The intern will be encouraged to maintain positive attitudes and behaviors and practice workplace safety. This will be especially relevant when conducting field work sometimes under adverse weather conditions.
Undergraduate degree in the natural sciences (e.g., physical geography, biology)
Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.
Qualified interns are:
- Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- Available to work for at least six months
*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.