2020-2021 Arctic Winter Seasonal Climate Outlook for Sea Ice

– By contributors from Environment and Climate Change Canada, University of Quebec at Montreal, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, The Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute, World Meteorological Organization, Climate Prediction Centre of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the International Arctic Research Center –

Arctic Climate Forum Consensus Statement

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An Update on CMOS’s 2021 Virtual Congress

Update 9 November 2020

1. The 2021 Congress will be entirely on-line, over the 2-week period: 31 May – 12 June. To accommodate different time zones across Canada, the daily conference hours will be shorter: 0800-1300h Pacific Time; 1100h-1600 Eastern Time.

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The Challenge of Maintaining Fraser River Sockeye Salmon in a Warming World

– By David Levy –

This article first appeared in The Province on September 13, 2020.

Opinion: The DFO has done the right thing this year by closing Fraser sockeye fisheries.

The return of only 283,000 Fraser River sockeye in 2020, the lowest number recorded, has again triggered expressions of concern for these iconic salmon, debate as to what is causing their demise and recognition of the critical need for effective conservation strategies.

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Remembering Louis Fortier

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Louis Fortier in Quebec City, on the 4th of October at the age of 66, following a courageous fight against leukemia. He was the son of Pierre Fortier (1923-2012) and Louise Roy (1925-1989).

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An Interview with Oceanographer Susan Allen about the Salish Sea

Marek: Hello, I am speaking with Professor Susan Allen, from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science about one of her many research interests: the Salish Sea. What is the Salish sea? Can you tell me a bit about it?

Susan: The Salish Sea, I believe, is not actually an official geographic term and therefore it does not have an official definition. For example, I recently saw a paper where the Salish Sea only included Puget Sound and a little bit of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which is the smallest Salish Sea I’ve seen.

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ECCC – DFO CONCEPTS Webex Seminar 2:00 PM (ADT) Wednesday September 2

Greg Smith & J-P Paquin (ECCC, Dorval QC), M Dunphy (Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney BC), Youyu Lu (Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth NS)

Please join us for the first of two ECCC DFO CONCEPTS seminars this Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 2pm Atlantic Time (Canada). The seminar will be presented using Microsoft Teams, which can be downloaded here.

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Remembering Paul LeBlond 1938-2020

Paul Henri LeBlond

December 30, 1938 – February 8, 2020

Surrounded by his family, Paul passed away peacefully at home at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Paul was born in Quebec City and grew up in Chicoutimi.

His innate curiosity and love of learning led him naturally into science, earning his undergraduate degrees at Laval and McGill Universities. In 1963 he married Josee Michaud and together they moved to British Columbia,

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Man on a research vessel directing a part of the vessel

Modular Ocean Research Infrastructure (MORI): A Flexible, Scalable and Affordable Approach to Ocean-going Research in Canada and Worldwide

– By Dr. Doug Wallace (Scientific Director, MEOPAR) and Doug Bancroft (President and CEO, Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility)–

Research vessels (RVs) remain critical infrastructure for many classes of ocean-related research. Robots and autonomous vehicles are used increasingly for monitoring and some process-oriented research when appropriate sensors are available. However, there are also a growing number of questions related to ocean and seafloor resources, as well as complex physical, chemical, biological and atmospheric processes critical to climate change and biodiversity, which require that multidisciplinary teams of researchers can access the ocean with highly sophisticated instrumentation, from vessels.

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Message from the CMOS President: Communication, Partnership and Change

– By Kimberly Strong, CMOS President and Professor & Chair, Department of Physics, University of Toronto –

At this time of year, as we enjoy the beautiful fall colours and brace for winter, thoughts of CMOS members also turn to spring as we plan ahead for our annual Congress. The 54th CMOS Congress will be held in Ottawa from May 24 to 28, 2020 with a focus on “Building Societal Resilience to Changing Weather, Climate, Oceans and Environment”. The Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Bruce Angle, and the Science Programme Committee, co-chaired by Leonard Barrie and Gordon McBean, are hard at work putting together an excellent programme

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