2007 Prizewinners / Lauréats des prix 2007

Awarded at the 42nd CMOS Annual Congress, Kelowna BC, May 25 and 29, 2008

If award recipients or designates were present, linked names will lead to a photo of their award presentation.

President’s Prize / Prix du président

To:  François Saucier for his leading role in two papers that represent a major advance in ocean-ice modelling in Canada, as well as in our knowledge of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Hudson Bay: (1) “Modelling the formation and circulation processes of water masses and sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada”, by Saucier and co-authors (Roy, Gilbert, Pellerin and Ritchie), Journal of Geophysical Research, 2003.; (2) “Modelling the sea ice-ocean seasonal cycle in Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait, Canada”, by Saucier and co-authors (Senneville, Prinsenberg, Roy, Smith, Gachon, Caya and Laprise), Climate Dynamics, 2004.Through his brilliant capabilities in numerical modelling, combined with his understanding of ice and ocean dynamics, Dr. Saucier has made a pioneering contribution to ice-ocean prediction in Canada in leading the development and application of a state-of-the-art system.  This system is now being used to provide regular forecasts of ice and ocean variability in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, forced by Environment Canada’s atmospheric prediction model.

J.P. Tully Medal in Oceanography /

Médaille de J.P. Tully en océanographie

To:  Sus Tabata for his dedication to the collection, quality control and evaluation of open-ocean data over the time scales of climate change before the importance of such work was widely recognized.  His seminal contributions to the collection of unique observations at Ocean Station Papa and along Line P are particularly recognized by this award.  Dr. Tabata was one of the first oceanographers to study both eddy and decadal changes in ocean conditions and his work has inspired generations of oceanographers to hypothesize and explore explanations for the changes that he revealed.  Dr. Tully was one of Dr. Tabata’s mentors and we are sure that he would be very proud of his student and colleague today.

Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology /

Prix du Andrew Thomson en météorologie appliquée

not awarded for 2007

Prize in Applied Oceanography /

Prix en océanographie appliquée

To:  Bill Crawford for his important contributions, through a synthesis of basic and applied research, to improved tide tables and to our knowledge of Pacific coastal and open ocean circulation and dispersal processes. Of the numerous applications of his work, his thoughtful contributions to discussions of the fate of potential oil spills in the Queen Charlotte Basin and his leadership in the preparation of the annual state of the Pacific report have been particularly valuable.  Bill’s contributions to applied marine studies together with his great integrity bring credit to our profession and are appropriately acknowledged by the presentation of the CMOS Applied Oceanography Award.

Rube Hornstein Medal In Operational Meteorology /

Médaille de Rube Hornstein en météorologie opérationnelle

(Until 1996: Rube Hornstein Prize in Operational Meteorology /

jusqu'à 1996, Prix de météorologie opérationnelle Rube Hornstein)

not awarded for 2007

Neil J. Campbell Medal for Exceptional Volunteer Service /

La médaille Neil J Campbell pour service bénévole exceptionnel

To:  Geoffrey S. Strong for his active support of CMOS over several decades having served as President and Member-at-Large of the Society, as secretary and chair of the Scientific Committee, as a member of School and Public Education, the Nominating and the Finance and Investments Committees, as chair of both the Saskatchewan and Alberta Centres on several occasions, as principal organizer of the 31st Congress in 1997 in Saskatoon and the 38th Congress in 2004 in Edmonton, as a presenter of papers at many CMOS Congresses, as a contributor to the CMOS Bulletin and as an author or co-author of numerous papers published in AO. In addition to these “official” positions, Geoff has been an active nominator of others for CMOS awards, recruiter of new CMOS members and long time promoter of recognizing contributions to CMOS’ goals.

Roger Daley Postdoctoral Publication Award /

Le Prix Roger Daley de publication post-doctorale

To:  Dr. Matthias Mauder for his key contribution to the field of micrometeorology in understanding the nature of the flux underestimation in the energy budget closure. His research led to experimentally testing the hypothesis that the ‘missing’ flux can be explained by the contribution from meso-scale structures, which can be quantified by spatial and temporal averaging. His paper, co-authored with his doctoral supervisor Raymond Desjardins, and Ian MacPherson, entitled "Scale analysis of airborne flux measurements over heterogeneous terrain in a boreal ecosystem”, was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, 2007, Volume 112, D13112.


 for outstanding contribution towards promoting public awareness of meteorology or oceanography in

To:  Mike Roberts, "The Okanagan's Very Own” Weatherman in Kelowna for his dedication and proactive approach in conveying weather forecasts and meteorological processes unique to the southern interior of B.C

Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize /

Prix commémoratif Tertia M.C. Hughes

To:  Xiaoming Zhai for his outstanding Ph.D. research at Dalhousie University, in which he showed how the presence of a meso-scale oceanic eddy field drastically changes our view of how near-inertial energy is redistributed and for his assessment of the role played by eddies in the large-scale ocean circulation.

Graduate Student Prizes / Prix pour étudiants diplômés

To: Tiffany Shaw for her Ph.D. research at the University of Toronto, in which she was the first to develop wave-activity conservation laws for three-dimensional equations and a vertically sheared background flow. The research was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics in 2008.  The research provides a solid foundation for the quantification of energy and momentum transfer by disturbances to a stratified sheared flow.

Campbell Scientific Best Student Poster Prize /

Prix Campbell Scientific de la meilleure affiche d'étudiant(e)

To:  Derek Van Der Kamp for his ceilometer observations of Vancouver's urban boundary layer.  Validation and initial results from a mini-lidar system, Vaisala's CL31 ceilometer were presented.

The CMOS - Weather Research House Scholarship Supplement /

Supplément  SCMO - Weather Research House aux bourses d'études supérieures

To:  Gabrielle Gascon for academic excellence

The CMOS - CNC/SCOR NSERC Scholarship Supplement in Ocean Sciences /

Supplément SCMO - CNC/SCOR CRSNG aux bourses d'études supérieures en sciences océanique

To:  Peter J. van Hengstum for academic excellence

The CMOS Weather Network / Météomédia Scholarship

To:  Emily Collier, University of Alberta

Undergraduate Scholarships / Bourses d'études de premier cycle

To:  Alanna Krepakevich for academic excellence

To:  Bessam Bouagila for academic excellence

CMOS Fellows Announced / Nouveau Membres émérites

1. The title of CMOS Fellow is conferred on Claude Labine for his generous and enthusiastic support of CMOS from programs in the local Alberta Centre to corporate and other sponsorships such as the best student poster paper.  For over three decades of dedication to Arctic climate research demonstrated by his unwavering pursuit of better monitoring programs and environmental measurements.

2. The title of CMOS Fellow is conferred on Savithri Narayanan for her outstanding leadership in Canadian and international ocean science programs, and for her long-standing support to the programs of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) and the Canadian National Committee for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (CNC/SCOR).

MSC Patterson Medal / SMC La medaille Patterson

two were awarded for 2007

On May 27th 2008, David Grimes,  Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), Environment Canada, presented the MSC Patterson Distinguished Service Medal, MSC's most prestigious award for distinguished service to meteorology in Canada, to John (Jack) C. McConnell.  A second 2007 Patterson Medal was also announced, to be presented later to Francis Zwiers.

For over 30 years, Jack McConnell has been a leading member of the Canadian atmospheric science community.  He has made significant contributions to meteorology and atmospheric science through his research in atmospheric chemistry, air quality and the study of atmospheres of other planets, and through his devotion to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Jack's research is his passion.  He can be found working late into the night and on weekends in hot pursuit of new ideas.  At York University he was awarded the rare title of Distinguished Research Professor (DRP) and his scientific merit was recently recognized by the recent conferring of the title of Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).  Professor Jack McConnell is enthusiastic, his career as professor is outstanding, an eminent atmospheric scientist and distinguished service to meteorology is recognized by all who have had the opportunity to work with him.

Francis Zwiers has made significant contributions over several decades as a leader in statistical climatology and climate system science are well-known both nationally and internationally.  As a senior researcher and a science manager with Environment Canada, he has been a mentor to young scientists, as well as an authoritative source of advice for public officials and scientists alike.  He is highly respected for his research, recognized as a world leader in climate research and has contributed to making the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis (CCCma) a world class center.  As a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 4, named Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, CMOS Presidents Prize (2000) winner, Francis Zwiers been recognized by his peers both here in Canada and Internationally.  What stands out about Dr. Zwiers above his many significant scientific contributions, is his expertise in statistical and climate science, his mentoring to students and researchers, and his communications and leadership skills.  Staff, scientists and students see an exceptional leader and a man of great integrity.

DFO Timothy R. Parsons Medal (2008) / MPO La médaille Timothy R. Parsons (2008)

On May 27th 2008, Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister for Science of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced that the award named for Canadian ocean sciences pioneer Dr. Timothy R. Parsons would be presented to Dr. Donald C. Gordon for excellence in multidisciplinary ocean sciences.  The presentation occurred at Bedford Institute of Oceanography in July 2008.

Link to DFO Information  / lien aux information MPO

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