Kathryn Binnema, B.Sc. Environmental Studies '17
Located 175 km southeast off the coast of mainland Nova Scotia, I was privileged enough to work for the Meteorological Service of Canada as a weather technician on Sable Island.
"My time on the Sable Island really affirmed my desire to have an outdoor career and taught me to trust in my skills learnt at King's, abilities and judgment."
This opportunity arose through my search for a summer internship as part of my Environmental Studies program. I spent my time on the island preparing, releasing and overseeing daily weather balloons and participating in extra science projects on the island. The weather balloon data I collected was gathered to form a comprehensive model of the conditions of the upper atmosphere which meteorologists use to predict weather both in Canada and worldwide.
In addition to routine weather monitoring, I spent time monitoring pollutant gases, taking flask samples, and downloading algae bloom data. I also helped in the island’s robust invertebrate study. Due to the isolated location, this job provided unique challenges—such as interacting with a small team in remote conditions—but many rewarding experiences as well. My time on the Sable Island really affirmed my desire to have an outdoor career and taught me to trust in my skills learnt at King's, abilities and judgment.