Climate science and climatology in Canada, the early years

(- in progress; please contribute names, photos and information)

Background on this list

(ENVS4000 students: In your assignments, in which you wrote about climate research and the background climate researchers, most students seem to have chosen climatologists who were trained relatively recently. Below are brief summaries of the careers of some of the well-established climatologists in Canada who were trained before 1980. I'll discuss this history briefly in class.)

Other background: Early work in climatology and meteorology in Canada (links provided by CMOS):

Royal Meteorological Society, Canadian Branch, 1950-59

ATMOSPHERE, a Bulletin of Canadian Meteorology, 1963-77

Who were the first PhD's in climatology in Canada? (A growing list)

What were the research topics of interest? Why construct this list? Scientists who study the impacts of weather and climate on living things, agriculture, economics, cities, etc., depend on climatologists for baseline climate descriptions and predictions.

Canada has had many climatologists, with or without the PhD degree, who have worked, and continue to produce important results, on aspects of climate science. Some climatology PhD degrees may have been granted in climatology per se, but this was rare until recently. and many of the first PhD's in climatology in Canada received their degrees in related disciplines, primarily meteorology, climatology, physics, mathematics, geology, or geography (normally in physical geography, but this could also include PhD's in human geography, urban geography, or historical geography). Some Canadian climatologists received the PhD degree from universities outside Canada, or became naturalized citizens of Canada.

Click on a name below to see more detail.

Leonard A. Barrie

George J. Boer

Ian Burton

James P. Bruce

Stephen Calvert

R. Allyn Clarke

Roger Daley

Jacques Derome

Keith Donald Hage

Kenneth Hare

Edgar Wendell Hewson

Steve Lambert

J. Ross Mackay

Gordon McBean

J. C. McConnell

Norm McFarlane

Lawrence Mysak

Tim Oke

André Robert

Marie Elizabeth Sanderson

And more. We have 20 to enter, and a half-dozen more found by students.

Send additions of pre-1980 PhD's in climatology in Canada to dan.johnson@uleth.ca

Information sources are cited. This summary was posted for academic purposes and university class use.

Biographies

 

 

Leonard A. Barrie

From ISI Highly Cited:

Director of Atmospheric Research and Environment Branch, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

1970 B.Sc. Queens University, Kingston, ON Engineering Physics
1972 M.Sc. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON Physics, Meteorology, Cloud Physics
1975 Ph.D. Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe University, Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, Frankfurt Atmospheric Science

Born in Sherbrooke, PQ

 

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George J. Boer

Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

B.Sc. University of British Columbia, 1963. Honours Mathematics and Physics
M.A., University of Toronto, 1965. Department of Physics (Subject: Meteorology)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970. Department of Meteorology

"All aspects of climate modelling and analysis including climate prediction from seasons to centuries"

 

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Ian Burton

Scientist Emeritus, Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG), Meteorological Service of Canada,
Downsview, ON M3S 5T4, ON, Canada

Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto.

From FORUM: Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development:

"Dr. Burton is Scientist Emeritus with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG) of the Meteorological Service of Canada and an Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. He previously held positions as Director of AIRG and Senior Policy Advisor with Environment Canada. Prior to joining the federal government, Dr. Burton was Director of the International Federation of Institutes for Advanced Study (IFIAS), a non-governmental network of research centres. From 1979-1984 he was Professor and Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests include risk assessment of environmental hazards, water resources and supply, and environment and development. Dr. Burton has served as senior advisor to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Ottawa) and as a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the U.S. Agency for International Development (US-AID), and numerous Canadian government agencies and engineering firms. He has worked for the Ford Foundation in India, Sudan, and Nigeria and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences."

 

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James P. Bruce

James P. Bruce, OC, FRSC, is a Senior Associate with Global Change Strategies International Inc, Ottawa, ON

From Water and the Future of Life on Earth, Simon Fraser University:

"Jim Bruce's career has been in meteorology, climatology, water resources, disaster mitigation and science management. He was the first Director of the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington and subsequently Director General and Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) responsible for national water programs. These included programs of hydrometric monitoring, river basin planning, flood damage reduction and water quality monitoring. In the 1980s, he was ADM Atmospheric Environment Service, and subsequently Director of Technical Cooperation and Acting Deputy Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva. This involved oversight of international programs on weather, climate, water, and atmospheric composition. In the 1990s, and to date he has served as consultant on many projects relating to climate change, water, and disaster mitigation most recently as Senior Associate, Global Change Strategies International. For the Canadian Climate Change Action Fund he led a study of potential climate change impacts on water resources in Canada and is currently involved in a project on probable climate change effects on boundary and transboundary waters. Recent awards include the IMO Prize of the World Meteorological Organization for 'exceptional world-wide contributions in meteorology and hydrology,' Officer of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received Honorary Doctorates from University of Waterloo (DES) and McMaster University (DSc)."

 

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Stephen Calvert

Dr. Stephen Calvert, FRSC
Professor Emeritus
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of British Columbia

B.Sc., Reading (1958)
Ph.D., California - Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1964) (Supervisors: Tj. H. van Andel and E.D. Goldberg).

From Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences:

"The long-term goal of my research is to understand the factors responsible for the wide compositional variability of marine sediments, the controls on organic matter burial and nutrient utilization in the ocean, and to use this information to interpret past oceanographic and climatic changes from sediment core records. Specifically, I am examining:

1. Holocene climate variability along the northeastern Pacific coast at decadal and centennial resolution;
2. Millennial variability of oceanographic and climatic conditions in the northeastern Arabian Sea and their relationship to the high-resolution ice core records from Greenland and Antarctica;
3. The influence of changes in monsoon strength in the South China Sea on terrestrial climate and ocean conditions;
4. Glacial-interglacial palaeoceanographic records of variations in upwelling, nutrient utilization and carbon accumulation on the California continental margin.

A combination of organic, inorganic and stable isotopic information is used to reconstruct past sea surface temperatures, plankton production, terrestrial sediment supply and transport modes, nutrient utilization and bottom water oxygen concentrations."

 

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R. Allyn Clarke

Research Scientist in the Ocean Sciences Division, Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

BSc (Honours), Physics and Chemistry (1965), University of Toronto
MSc in Applied Mathematics (1966), University of Toronto
PhD in Physics (Oeanography) (1970), University of British Columbia.

From CMOS, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society:

"His research focuses on the circulation of the high latitude North Atlantic and its role in the global climate system. His research papers include both theoretical and observational results.

He has been very active in the planning and co-ordination of international Climate Science. Over the 1990s, he was the co-chair and chair of the international Scientific Steering Groups for both the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) and the Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR), member and vice chairman of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), member of the Joint Scientific and Technical Committee for the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) lead author in chapter 2 of working group 1 of the Third IPCC Assessment and a co-opted member of the executive of ICSU’s Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR).

Within Canada, he has played a variety of roles in the planning and implementation of Canadian contributions to these climate and global change programs. He has recently returned to the bench after serving as Manager of the Ocean Sciences Division in Maritimes Sciences Branch in Fisheries and Oceans. His challenge over the next few years will be scheduling his annual spring survey of the Labrador Sea around the CMOS Annual Congress dates."

 

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Roger Daley

His book on data assimilation is a classic.

Science.ca: "Principal constructor of the Canadian numerical weather forecasting system"

January 25, 1943-August 29, 2001; Grew up in West Vancouver.

McGill University (Montreal), PhD) in meteorology.

His biography on science.ca says:

"...
Throughout his life, Daley was in great demand all over the world and contributed to weather forecasting projects in France, Sweden and China. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of scientists who in 1991 issued a cautious warning about global warming as a result of rising carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels.

In 1995 Daley accepted a position in Monterey, California, at the Marine Meteorology Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, to help develop an advanced shipboard forecasting system for United States Navy ships. The system, called the Navy Atmospheric Variational Data Assimilation System, or NAVDAS, became operational at Monterey for testing purposes around 1998, but Daley died of a heart attack in 2001 before he could see it implemented fleetwide.

..."

 

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Jacques Derome

From Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences:

"Jacques Derome is a full professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University and has held the position of Chair of the Department, most recently from 1994 to 1998. His research contributions are in the area of climate dynamics, interannual variability, and predictability. Dr. Derome was the President of CMOS in 1994-1995. He is principal investigator in the Canadian Climate Variability Research (CLIVAR) Network, which is funded by NSERC and CFCAS. He has served on numerous national and international committees, including the executive of the Commission on Dynamic Meteorology of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) from 1987 to 1991, the National Research Council's Advisory Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology (CISET) from 1995 to 1999 and the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Canadian Climate Board. In 1995, he was awarded the Oscar Villeneuve Prize of the Société de météorologie de Québec and in 1996, he received the AES Patterson Medal 'for distinguished service to meteorology in Canada'. He has published over 50 publications in refereed journals. Dr. Derome received his PhD from the University of Michigan."

Thesis topic: On the maintenance of the axisymmetric part of the flow in the atmosphere, Journal Pure and Applied Geophysics 95: 163-185, 1972

Jacques Derome and A. Wiin-Nielsen
Meteorological Service of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

Summary The maintenance of the axisymmetric component of the flow in the atmosphere is investigated by means of a steady-state, quasi-geostrophic formulation of the meteorological equations. It is shown that the meridional variations in the time-averaged axisymmetric variables can be expressed as the sum of three contributions, one being due to the eddy heat transport, another to the eddy momentum transport, and a third to the convective-radiative equilibrium temperature which enters the problem through the specification of a Newtonian form of diabatic heating. The contributions by the large scale eddies are evaluated through the use of observed values for the eddy heat and momentum transports....

Based in part on a thesis submitted by the first author as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan. — Publication No. 194 from the Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, The University of Michigan.

 

 

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Keith Donald Hage

From the Canadian Who's Who On-line:

University Professor; born Kandahar, Sask. 1926

B.A. Univ. of B.C. 1949
M.A. Univ. of Toronto,1950
Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago 1957

"PROF. EMERITUS, University of Alberta.; Meteorologist, Meteorol. Serv. of Can. 1950-57; Rsch. Meteorologist, Suffield Exper. Stn., Ralston, Alta. 1957-60; Dir., Micrometeorol. Div., Travelers Rsch. Center, Hartford, Ct. 1960-67; Prof., Dept. of Geog., Univ. of Alta. 1967-85; Assoc. Dir., Inst. of Earth & Planetary Phys., Univ. of Alta. 1975-80; Nat. Corr., Internat. Assn. for Meteorol. & Atmospheric Phys. 1980-83; Cons., Electric Power Rsch. Inst., Palo Alto, Calif. 1982-86; el. Fellow, Am. Meteorol. Soc. 1982; awarded Patterson Medal 1989; mem. Cdn. Meteorol. & Oceanographic Soc.; Am. Meteorol. Soc.; Royal Meteorol. Soc.; co-ed. Essays on Meteorology and Climatology: In Honour of Richmond W. Longley 1978; author or co-author of more than 70 sci. papers and tech. reports; Spruce Grove, Alta."

 

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F. Kenneth Hare

 

From Science.CA

Kenneth "Hare was a meteorologist with the British air ministry during World War II, and emigrated to Canada in 1945. He joined McGill University as a geography professor, meanwhile earning his PhD as an arctic climatologist. In 1959, his team of arctic weather specialists joined a group of radar physicists headed by Dr. J. Stewart Marshall to form McGill's highly successful Department of Meteorology (now the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences).

Over the next decades, Hare was professor and dean of arts and science at McGill University, master of Birkbeck College at the University of London, president of the University of British Columbia, Chancellor at Trent University, and professor at the University of Toronto. For the past 10 years he has chaired the national Climate Program Planning Board.

Hare's research interests include atmospheric carbon dioxide, climate change, drought, and arid zone climates. He has been active in movements to protect the natural environment, serving on commissions and committees on acid rain, desertification, heavy metals, nuclear reactors and waste products, ozone, greenhouse gases and climate change. He was a member of the Research and Development Advisory Panel of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and has conducted studies on nuclear waste management in Sweden and France.

Hare believes the most urgent environmental challenge facing Canada this century is climate change created by the consumption of fossil fuels. He is a promoter of nuclear power, correctly used, as a more acceptable power source. Hare is a vigorous public speaker and writer on these issues.

Sources: Canadian Who’s Who 1993, Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at McGill, The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2000 ed."

 

 

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Edgar Wendell Hewson

From the Canadian Who's Who On-line:

"M.A., D.I.C., Ph.D., F.R.S.C., F.A.M.S., F.R.Met.S; meteorologist; b. Amherst, N.S. 1910; e. Cumberland Co. Acad., Amherst, N.S.; Mt. Allison Univ., B.A. 1932; Dalhousie Univ., M.A. 1933; Univ. of Toronto, M.A. 1935; Imperial Coll. of Science and Technol., D.I.C. 1937; (Beit Scient. Rsch. Fellow) Univ. of London, Ph.D.1937; PROF. EMERITUS, DEPT. ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES, OREGON STATE UNIV. 1981-- ; Rsch. Meteorol., Meteorol. Service of Can., 1938-39 and 1946-47; Dir. of Diffusion Project, Mass. Inst. of Tech. 1948-53; Consult Meteorol., Consol. Mining & Smelting Co. of Can. Ltd., 1939-46; U.S. Bur. of Mines, 1939-40 and 1945-46; Asst. Controller for Training and Rsch. Services, Meteorol. Service Of Can., 1947-48; formerly Prof. of Meteorol., Univ. of Mich.; established Dept. of Atmospheric Sci., Oregon State Univ. 1969; Chrmn. 1969-76; Prof. 1969-81; holder of Roy. Soc. of Can. Fellowship, Imperial Coll., London, Eng., 1938; awarded Buchan Prize of the Roy. Meteorol. Soc. 1939; author (with R. W. Longley) Meteorology, Theoretical and Applied 1944; contrib. articles to Encycl. Brit., 1946-47; publ. over 70 articles on a wide range of meteorology subjects; held numerous consult. pos'ns; Prof. mem., Comte. on Climatology, Nat. Acad. of Sci., 1957-61; Am. Meteorol. Soc. (Assoc. Ed. Journ. of Meteorol 1944-54, Councillor, 1945-47 and 1952-54, Publ. Comte. 1946-57; Chrmn., Bd. of Reviewing Eds. Meteorol. Monographs 1948-58; Chrmn., Air Pollution Abatement Comte., 1951-56, rec'd Award for Outstand. Contrib. to the Advancement of Applied Meteorology 1969; Chrm. Nom. Comte., 1971; mem., Nom. Comte. of Fellows and Hon. Mem., 1972-73); Amer. Wind Energy Assn. (rec'd Award of Excellence for Contributions to the Development of Wind Resource Assessment 1983); mem., Soc. of Friends; Am. Meteorological Soc.; Royal Meteorological Soc.; Int. Soc. of Biometeorol.; recreations: reading, politics; Address: 1770 Avenida del Mundo, #1604, Coronado, CA 92118 USA."

 

 

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Steve Lambert

Dr. Lambert is a Research Scientist at the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis .

Research: Climate variability and Data

 

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J. Ross Mackay

 

From University of Victoria, BC

Dr. J. Ross Mackay is a Professor Emeritus in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia. Since retiring from the University at the end of June, 1981, Dr. Mackay has continued his legendary fieldwork in the periglacial environments of northern Canada. His publication record now spans the interval between 1947 to 1997 - a full half-century of innovative thinking and scholary achievement.

The J. Ross Mackay Award was created by the Canadian Geomorphology Research Group to honour Dr. Mackay's achievements.

His work includes climate publications such as

1975:
Mackay, J.R. The stability of permafrost and recent climatic change in the Mackenzie valley, N.W.T. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 75-1B: 173-176

1976:
Mackay, J.R. Ice-wedges as indicators of recent climatic change, westem Arctic coast. Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 76-1A: 233-234

 

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Gordon McBean

 

From International Institute for Sustainable Development:

"Gordon McBean is a Professor in the Departments of Geography and Political Science and holds the Research Chair in policy at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, at The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. After being a scientist in Environment Canada, he was Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences at UBC until 1994. From 1994 to 2000, he was Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Meteorological Service of Environment Canada. As ADM, he was responsible for climate, weather and air quality sciences and services in the federal government and was a member of the Canadian delegation to Kyoto and other meetings. He was appointed to his present position in July 2000. His research interests are in atmospheric and climate sciences, ranging in scope from the natural sciences of the phenomena to the policies of governments and responses of people to them. He is now undertaking research on changing climate and weather systems and the science-policy interface as Lead for the Integrating Theme of ArcticNet, a newly established research program on climate change and its impacts in the coastal Canadian Arctic. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, lead author for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment and member of the Global Change START (capacity building) Program, the International Council for Science Advisory Committee on the Environment and the International Human Dimensions of Global Environment Change Program. He has received the Patterson Medal for distinguish contributions to meteorology by a Canadian and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Meteorological Society."

From Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences:

"Dr. McBean is a Professor at the University of Western Ontario, and Chair for Policy in the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Previously Gordon was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC); Professor and Head, Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia; Professor and Chairman, Atmospheric Science Programme, University of British Columbia, and; Senior Scientist, Canadian Climate Centre, MSC, located at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. Gordon’s early career spanned a wide variety of interests in MSC, including boundary layer research, hydrometeorology and environmental impact research, and weather forecasting. Gordon has received many distinguished awards (MSC Patterson Medal, CMOS President’s Prize, EC Jim Bruce Award) and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Meteorological Society. Gordon has Chaired and been a Member of enumerable national and international scientific committees, including Chair of the International Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, and he has published extensively. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Physics and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia."

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J.C. McConnell

Dr. J. C. McConnell, FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor,
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
PhD 1969, Belfast
York University

From Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, York University:

Research Interests
Chemical and Dynamical Modelling of Atmospheres
"Dr. McConnell's group is currently studying the photochemistry and transport of species of tropospheric and stratospheric interest using 0-D, 1-D and 3-D transport models. Among the problems currently being addressed are the cause of the springtime decrease in polar ozone, the impact of aerosols on global ozone decrease and also the increase of tropospheric gases such as ozone, methane and carbon monoxide over the last century or the oxidation capacity of the atmosphere. The group also studies radiative transfer modelling of the upper atmospheres and ionospheres of the Earth and outer planets using the data from the Voyager flyby, IUE and ground based telescopes."

 

 

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Norm McFarlane

Scientist Emeritus, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.

B.Sc. (Physics), University of Alberta (1962)
M.Sc. (Meteorology), McGill University (1970)
Ph.D. (Atmospheric Siences), University of Michigan (1974)

From Canada Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis:

Research interests
Numerical modelling of the general circulation of the atmosphere from the surface to the mesopause.
Development and use of comprehensive models of the climate system.
Parameterization of physical processes in atmospheric and oceanic general circulation models.

 

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Lawrence Mysak

Professor Mysak was born in Saskatoon, SK, and is a graduate of the Univ. of Alberta (AMus 1960, BSc 1961), Adelaide Univ. (MSc 1963), and Harvard Univ. (AM 1964, PhD 1967). He also has spent sabbaticals at Cambridge Univ., the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) and the ETH (Zurich).

From Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University:

Professor Mysak is director of the Earth System Modelling Group which is part of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The main goal of the research in the ESMG is to develop and apply reduced complexity models of the Earth system (see publications below, Claussen et al., 2002) to better understand decadal and longer term climate variability and change. Analysis of climate data and data-model intercomparison studies are also important activities of the ESMG. Currently, the ESMG is working with two Earth system models, namely, the UVic Earth System Climate model version 2.6 and a simplified global model with the ocean carbon cycle.

Projects
Arctic sea ice and climate during the Little Ice Age.
Sea ice rheology: viscous-plastic vs. purely plastic models.
Modelling the fresh water budget of the Arctic Ocean and exchanges with the North Atlantic: present and past.
Response of the ocean carbon cycle to Milankovitch forcing in a simple atmosphere-ocean-sea ice model.

CV

Other information from on-line CV and biographies:

Lawrence A. Mysak, CM, FRSC, For.Mem.AE, holds the Canada Steamship Lines Chair in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University, Montreal, and is past founding director (1990-96) of the McGill Centre for Climate and Global Change Research. Prior to his appointment at McGill in 1986, Dr. Mysak was Professor of Mathematics and Oceanography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (1967-86).

Dr. Mysak is internationally recognized for his extensive applications of mathematics to physical oceanography, his fundamental research on high-latitude natural climate variability, and the development and application of paleoclimate models. He has investigated the influence of El Nino on fish migration, and has modelled the climate of the warm dinosaur era and the cold glacial periods.
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In 1986, Dr. Mysak was elected, by the Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), and during 1993-96 he served as president of the 900-member Academy of Science, the largest of the three academies comprising the Society. In 1995 he became the founding chair of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), an umbrella organization that brings together the Canadian Academy of Science and over 20 science and engineering organizations in order to foster common interests and address issues concerning research and applications of science in Canada.

In November 1996, Dr. Mysak was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (CM). In June 1998 he was awarded the Patterson Medal for "outstanding service to meteorology in Canada", and the J.P. Tully Medal for "his impact on, and leadership in, oceanographic research and education in Canada". In 1999 Dr. Mysak was named an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, the science and humanities academy of the European Union (founded in 1988). At the Spring 2000 Convocation, Dr. Mysak received McGill's David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching.

(Dr. Lawrence Mysak also plays flute in the I Medici di McGill Orchestra, in addition to being a world renown climatologist, professor at McGill University and former President of the Royal Society of Canada Academy of Sciences.)

 

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Tim Oke

Professor, Department of Geography
and Member, Atmospheric Science Programme, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.


Born in Devon, UK; Canadian citizen 1971
B.Sc. (Hons.) (1963) University of Bristol
M.A. (1964) McMaster University
Ph.D. (1967) McMaster University
D.Sc. h.c. (2005) Lódz' University

Fellow, American Meteorological Society, elected 2004
Fellow, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 2003
Patterson Medal, Meteorological Service of Canada, 2002
Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology, American Meteorological Society 2002
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1991
Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, 1991
Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation, New York, NY, 1990
Killam Research Prize, Killam Foundation, 1988
Award for Scholarly Distinction, Canadian Association of Geographers, 1986
Killam Senior Research Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1982
President's Prize, Canadian Meteorological Society, 1972

From McMaster Alumni Association:

"Dr. Timothy Oke is a recognized leader in the study of microclimates and is the foremost authority on urban climates. His research focuses on seeking to understand the way humans alter climates through urban development. Specifically, exchanges of heat, moisture, pollutants and momentum in cities are measured and their effects on temperature, humidity, winds, and other climate factors are assessed. This leads him, for example, to assess the way the cumulative effect of every new building, road and garden creates the heat island effect of whole cities.

Since 1978, Tim has been a Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He was the founder and chair of the U.B.C. Atmospheric Science Programme. From 1991 to 1996, he was the Head of the Department of Geography. Tim was selected as the Professor of the Year by the Geography Students Association in 2001. In 2002, he received the American Meteorological Society's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology in recognition of his contributions to the teaching, theory and applications of knowledge on the interaction between atmosphere and biological systems.

At the University of British Columbia, Tim teaches meteorology and climatology, agricultural and forest climates, urban climates and urban biophysical environments. He also serves as a meteorological consultant on legal cases, appeals to boards and environmental matters, and as an advisor to government organizations and business."

 

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André Robert

From Atmosphere-Ocean's Monograph, 1997:

B.Sc. 1952, Mathematics, Université Laval
M.Sc. 1953, Meteorology, University of Toronto
Ph.D. 1965, Meteorology, McGill University

Professor, Department of Physics, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); previously Professor, Department of Meteorology, McGill University, and Director Canadian Meteorological Centre (1973-1980)

 

A leader in numerical weather prediction, climate simulation, and related fields.

 

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Marie Elizabeth Sanderson

From the Canadian Who's Who On-line:

B.A., M.A., Ph.D.; professor, author; b. Chesley, Ont. 1921; e. Univ. of Toronto B.A. 1944; Univ. of Maryland M.A. 1946; Univ. of Michigan Ph.D. 1965; DIR., WATER NETWORK, GEOGRAPHY DEPT., UNIV. OF WATERLOO 1988-- ; Rsch. Assoc., Ont. Rsch. Foundation 1946-50; Prof., Univ. of Windsor 1965-88; Hon. Degree, Ryerson Technical Univ.; Award for Service, Cdn. Assn. of Geographers; Mem., Bd. of Dir., Canadian Geographic; author: Griffith Taylor: Antarctic Scientist and Geographer 1988, UNESCO Sourcebook in Climatology 1990, Letters from a Soldier 1993, Prevailing Trade Winds: Weather & Climate in Hawaii 1993, The Genius of C. Warren Thornthwaite 1996, Weather and Climate in Kitchener-Waterloo 1996; Home: Waterloo, Ont.; Office Waterloo, Ont.

 

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