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    Future prospects for backyard skating rinks look bleak in a warming climate

    McLeman, Robert and Golian, Saeed and Murphy, Conor and Robertson, Colin (2023) Future prospects for backyard skating rinks look bleak in a warming climate. Canadian Geographies / Géographies canadiennes. ISSN 0008-3658

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    Each winter, purpose‐built outdoor skating rinks are constructed in backyards and community parks across much of Canada and the northern United States. Past research projects that warmer winters will make it increasingly difficult to build outdoor rinks without artificial refrigeration. Here we build upon previous studies by mapping areas of North America where present average January temperatures are generally suitable each year for building outdoor rinks, and how this area will change by the 2050s and 2080s.Using projections from downscaled general circulation models, we show how undercurrent emissions pathways, average January temperatures will become too mild by the2050s to build outdoor rinks across much of eastern North America in most winters, and this area will expand by the 2080s to include most of the western United States. Under high emissions scenarios (RCP 8.5), unsuitably mild January temperatures expand to include densely populated areas of Canada's Prairie provinces by the 2080s. In short, many North Americans who build outdoor rinks every winter will, by mid‐century, be living in areas where temperatures are only cold enough to do so occasionally, creating a range of social, cultural, and health implications for people living in those regions.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Future prospects; backyard skating rinks; bleak; warming climate;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 17523
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    Depositing User: Conor Murphy
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2023 13:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Canadian Geographies / Géographies canadiennes
    Publisher: Wiley Online
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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