About CMOS

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is the national society of individuals and organisations dedicated to advancing atmospheric and oceanic sciences and related environmental disciplines in Canada. The Society’s aim is to promote meteorology and oceanography in Canada, and it is a major non-governmental organisation serving the interests of meteorologists, climatologists, oceanographers, limnologists, hydrologists and cryospheric scientists in Canada. CMOS was officially created in 1967 as the Canadian Meteorological Society and adopted its present name in 1977, following an invitation by the Canadian Meteorological Society to the oceanographic community in Canada to join the Society. However, CMOS has a rich history dating back to 1939 when it was known as the Canadian Branch of the Royal Meteorological Society.

The Society’s Membership

The Society comprises some 1100 members and subscribers, including students, corporations, institutions, and others who are involved in the educational functions, communications, the private sector and government. Membership is open to all who share an interest in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, their related sciences and applications. The Society addresses a broad range of national and international meteorological and oceanographic concerns including weather and weather extremes, global warming, ozone depletion and surface air quality and their effects on all aspects of life in Canada including forestry, agriculture and fisheries. Special interest groups in the Society consider meteorological aspects of hydrology, agriculture, forestry, meso-scale meteorological phenomena and operational meteorology.

The Society’s Structure

An Executive and Council, elected at an Annual General Meeting govern the Society. The Council includes the Chairs of 14 Centres elected locally. The Society is served by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Director, appointed by Council. In addition, Council appoints members to serve on the Scientific, University and Professional Education, School and Public Education, Prizes and Awards, Consultant Accreditation and Media Weathercaster Endorsement Committees. The office of the Executive Director is the contact point for members, students, career counsellors and the general public who may be seeking information on careers and weather- or ocean-related subjects. The 14 centres located across Canada serve as focal points for formal and informal meetings on atmospheric and oceanographic subjects throughout the year. Each year a centre is chosen to host a national Congress, which attracts participants from around the world.

CMOS Publications

In addition to publishing its bi-monthly CMOS Bulletin, its annual Congress Program and Abstracts, books, and its Annual Review, CMOS produces Atmosphere-Ocean, an internationally respected refereed scientific journal for the publication of original research as well as occasional survey articles, notes and comments on published papers on all aspects of the atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

CMOS Scholarships and Awards

CMOS recognises the achievements of its members by the presentation of special awards, medals and citations to individuals who have made outstanding scientific or public contributions in atmospheric and oceanic sciences and services. Members may also be honoured for their work in research, teaching, professional services, communication and interpretation of atmospheric and oceanographic phenomena by being elected Fellows of the Society.

CMOS offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to qualified graduate and undergraduate students. In association with the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, it sponsors Canadians pre-college teachers for participation in Project Atmosphere, which is jointly run by the American Meteorological Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States. In association with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the US Naval Academy, CMOS selects a Canadian teacher to participate in The Maury Project, a summer workshop for pre-college teachers of Oceanographic topics.


Accreditation of Consultants and Broadcasters

The Society grants the status of "CMOS Accredited Consultant" to applicants who have demonstrated that they meet established standards of training and experience in the fields of atmospheric and oceanographic sciences. As well, the status of "CMOS Endorsed Weathercaster" may be granted to radio or television broadcasters who demonstrate they meet CMOS’ specified criteria.

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The Society's publications include:

    a peer-reviewed scientific journal published four times a year

    Companion Volume to Atmosphere-Ocean:
    The André J. Robert Memorial Volume

    CMOS Bulletin SCMO:
    an informative publication containing scientific articles of general interest, announcements, and activities of the Society

    Annual Review:
    a year-end summary of all the events of the Society including financial statements of the Society and its Centres

    Program and Abstracts:
    a publication prepared for the Annual Congress of the Society which contains the abstracts of papers to be presented along with program details of the various sessions

The Society's services include:

Professional services include:

Educational services include University and other Schools:

  • publishing career guidance and educational information
  • participation in career counselling programs


URL: http://www.cmos.ca/about.html