Photo shows a microphone for the story by the CMOS president on advocating for science.

– By Wayne Richardson, P.Eng., CMOS President –

In my previous messages as CMOS President I have spent quite a lot of time promoting the strong advocacy role that CMOS can and should play in the development and implementation of public science and technology policy,

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Canada Needs Sustained Climate Research Funding

– By Jon Abbatt, Jim Drummond, Roger Francois, Paul Kushner, Paul Myers, Kimberly Strong, Laxmi Sushama, Phillipe Tortell –

As members of a community that works with climate-related measurements and models on a day-to-day basis, we know from first-hand experience that our understanding of the fundamental science that goes into atmospheric and climate model predictions

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– Review by Edward Lozowski, Professor Emeritus, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta –

Book by Geoff Strong, Published by Geoff Strong, Paperback 246 pages ISBN 978-0-9952883-0-0, $19.99

Convenient Mistruths is a semi-fictional thriller, based on the very real possibility that offshore drilling in the Arctic could release large volumes of stored methane in the form of methane clathrates.

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Seeking Nominations for CMOS Annual Awards

Each year, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society recognizes significant achievements with prestigious awards and prizes. This tradition started with three prizes during the inaugural Congress of the Society in 1967. Today, there are eight awards, highlighting everything from recent research to life-time achievements. Four awards are restricted to Members of the Society. However, the other four awards are open to members and non-members alike.

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Weather in the Courtroom

– Review by Daryl O’Dowd MSC ACM CO, Consulting Industrial Meteorologist (odowd@weatherdyne.com) –

Book by William H. Haggard, Published by the American Meteorological Society , Paperback 201 pages ISBN 978-1-940033-95-2, $30.00 –

For fans of the television series Law and Order, this is the weather book for you. Start with a weather-related crime (or accident), follow it with the gathering of evidence, a jury trial – often with combative lawyers and breath-holding evidence, and then wrap it all up with a verdict.

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Photograph to accompany the CMOS presidents message. Photo is taken from the surface of an open body of water, with a setting sun in the background

– By Wayne Richardson, P.Eng., CMOS President –

In 1980, I left my job in Toronto as a Senior Environmental Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and moved to Ottawa to join the Water Pollution Control Directorate in Environment Canada (EC). Over the years, I had many opportunities to move out of government, but I always chose to pursue the tremendous science and technology opportunities that presented themselves to a young environmental entrepreneur.

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– Wayne Richardson, P.Eng., CMOS President –

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and the holiday season is upon us as I write this message. Here in Ottawa, Parliament has recessed and another year has gone by with very little real headway on increasing the funding and good management of science across the federal government.

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Close up photograph of the eyes of an oyster toad fish.

– A Campbell Scientific advertising feature –

“What caused this unexpected spike in my data?”
“My sensor is offline – did something knock it over?”
“If only I could see for myself what the current conditions are.”
“I wish I had visuals to support the story the data is telling me.”

Anyone monitoring their environment has thought something like this at one time or another,

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