In the spring of 2001, while doing some research into the purchase of my first GPS(Global Positioning System) receiver, I came across an interesting site, the Degree Confluence Project.
Initially, I got involved with the Degree Confluence Project (DCP) because I volunteered to complete the index of confluences for British Columbia, which at the time (April 2001) was incomplete. Shortly after this I made my first attempt at a confluence visit, at 49°N 124°W.
In May 2001 the project's originator, Alex Jarrett, asked for volunteers to be regional coordinators, which is how I became the project's Canadian coordinator. Although there was no connection, this was shortly after I made my first successful confluence visit, to 50°N 123°W.
Since then, I have made visits to, or attempted to visit, a number of other confluences, and I have also been assisting with the administration of the DCP website, including doing some of the programming.
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact me at davep at confluence dot org, or you can contact any of the project's other coordinators. You can see where the coordinators are located on this map.
You can get a "global view" of the project's current status via the Composite World Map.
On March 25th, 2004, at the request of the instructor, Dr. Michael Buzzelli, I gave a guest lecture to the Geography 370 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems) course at the University of British Columbia. The primary topic was the Degree Confluence Project, and I've made available the outline I used for the lecture.