Here’s a collection of my favorite links on the internets as they relate to glaciers, climate change, and outdoor pursuits. They’ll be updated periodically. I also appreciate recommendations if you have any!
Coursera: Free online (well done) courses from top universities. I thought that would be the best part, but the discussion forums in some courses really take off, and add a whole new dimension to the platform. I sometimes find myself more engaged in coursera than the courses I take at UBC.
GlacierChange.org: Website run by UNBC PhD candidate Matt Beedle. Really great repeat photography of glaciers. From the website: “The mission of GlacierChange.org is to provide a portal for all-things glacier. We aim to accurately and clearly present our ever-changing glaciers through imagery, science and art.” Disclaimer: I wrote a guest-post.
Headwater Analytics: Three rockin’ UBC Geography Department hombres who write blog posts on elegant open-source (usually R) tips, functions, and methods for hydrology, climatology, and environmental science. Always learn something new when I read a post. Disclaimer: I also wrote a guest-post.
Dan Moore: Dan is a UBC Geography prof, has really cool projects (and lots of them!), and also some great R code snippets. If you’re a Hydrologist and into R (or want to learn), his site should be all kinds of help.
R Project: A statistical computer program that has made doing stats, data analysis, and general programming a lot more bearable for me. It’s a pretty steep learning curve, but once you get a hang of the syntax, you will be much happier doing stats as well.
LaTeX: A typesetting program that makes fiddling with Word formatting and bibliographies a thing of the past. Has a bit of a learning curve, but again, you will be happier in the long-run.
QGIS: I’m new to the GIS game (and I try really hard to do everything in R), but when I do GIS analysis, I do it with QGIS.
Mountain-Forecast.com: I’m kind of (read: really) a weather nerd. Again, this should be mandatory viewing before you head out to the mountains. In the winter, snow-forecast.com is helpful. For my money, it’s the most reliable weather prediction site I’ve used.
Clubtread: The message board is great for getting trip beta for hiking, scrambling, snowshoeing and skiing, especially in the Coast Mountains.
Explor8tion.com: For trips in the Rockies, I use this site. The amount of trips on here is impressive, and the pictures are just awesome.