The Society exists for the advancement of meteorology and oceanography in Canada.
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 comprises over 700 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 build communities of members with common interests.
The Society's Structure
An Executive and Council, elected at an Annual General Meeting govern the Society. 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.