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President's Welcome


On behalf of the entire community of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), I wish to welcome you and to thank you for visiting our web space. CMOS is Canada’s principal learned society engaged with atmospheric and oceanic science in Canada, as well as related scientific disciplines involving climate, hydrology, limnology, and cryospheric research. It is humbling to be able to lead this organization with its half century of accomplishments and large and devoted member base. You can read more about the society on our “about” page.

If you’d like to be a part of CMOS, it’s easy – just sign up to join at relatively low cost – and students can join free! This will give you a chance to see, as I have, the dedication and energy of this community, and to engage in many ways. Come to our Congresses (this year,  we're part of the 2019 IUGG meeting), which cover the leading edge of our science, highlighting the latest activities in the private sector, and give us a chance to experience the warm hospitality of our beautiful host communities and cities.  Join our local Centres, which develop their own programs, host CMOS Tour Speakers, work nationally on long-range decision making, and serve as a vital on-the-ground contact point for their membership, the media, and the general public. And work with our Committees and Special Interest Groups, who are responsible for aspects of research, education, and industry linkages in our professions. 

CMOS’s scientific work and the broader research enterprise in atmosphere-ocean, climate, and related sciences are more relevant than ever for Canadian society. One key focus for the executive this year has been advocacy for the community, including professional representation, speaking up for our scientific research and its support, and developing a thriving private-sector environment. This involves working with our committees and special interest groups, our national partners like the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), our international partners like the American Meteorological Society and the Royal Meteorological Society. Above all, it requires long-range planning and responsiveness to issues of the day through timely communication to the media and decision makers. To maintain our relevance, we continue to need your support through your membership and through your engagement in our advocacy work. Please read about our work in the CMOS Bulletin online, join the ARRCU-SIG announcement list, and work with us as we pursue enhanced strategies for advocacy. 

And while you’re here, why don’t you check out our CMOS Bulletin Online? Let us know what you think of our online content by sharing/liking/retweeting and generally spreading the word about CMOS Bulletin posts. And please consider submitting content this year; we’re always on the hunt for good stories.

I am looking forward to serving you throughout the year, and hope to see all of you in Montréal at the IUGG meeting!



Paul Kushner