Aside from an interest in surnames, I keep an eye on cold-regions research. I spent a lot of time as an undergraduate studying glaciers and became heavily involved in the Polar Science/ Cold Regions research community. Many of the results from this research are extremely relevant as they inform to a large extent the climate change debate. Unfortunately, I often found myself speaking with many researchers who lacked the technical ability and motivation to engage with the public and harness the growing power of Volunteered Geographic Information.
I am therefore extremely impressed with the University of Waterloo’s (Canada)Snowtweets Project. The project,