2005 Prizewinners / Lauréats des prix, 2005

Awarded at the 40th CMOS Annual Congress, Toronto ON, May 30 and 31, 2006

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President’s Prize / Prix du président

To:  Saroja Polavarapu, Environment Canada, for her scientific leadership and insight in the emerging field of middle atmospheric data assimilation, and particularly in the development of the first fully coupled chemistry climate simulation model to be run in data assimilation mode. This is described in her thorough and ground-breaking paper "Data assimilation with the Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model", co-authored with Ren, Rochon, Sankey, Ek, Koshyk, and Tarasick, and published in Atmosphere-Ocean (43, 77-100, 2005). This paper describes research that is at the forefront of this field and provides an important foundation.

J.P. Tully Medal in Oceanography /

Médaille de J.P. Tully en océanographie

To:  Jean-Claude Therriault, Institut Maurice Lamontagne, for his outstanding career as a Canadian marine biologist and his continuing leadership of oceanographic research in Quebec. His wide-ranging contributions to the understanding of marine ecosystems, particularly in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Hudson Bay and the Canadian North, have had significant impact on the conservation and sustainment of living marine resources. He has also played an important operational oceanographic role in Atlantic coastal waters through the Monitoring Program (AZMP) and in the establishment of the Gulf of St. Lawrence Observatory.

Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology /

Prix du Andrew Thomson en météorologie appliquée

To:  Terry Gillespie, University of Guelph, for his outstanding contributions to Applied Meteorology in Canada through research and education in the field of Micrometeorology, in particular, for his work in the field of meteorological influences on plant diseases, which provided a physical basis for explaining the development of disease related to leaf wetness. This has resulted in the development of a detection instrument and the reduction of pesticide use based on better knowledge of meteorological conditions. He has also made important contributions to our knowledge of the meteorological aspects of smog and tropospheric ozone, including the impacts on agriculture.

Prize in Applied Oceanography /

Prix en océanographie appliquée

To:  James Stronach, Hay and Company Consultants, Vancouver, for his outstanding contributions to applied oceanography in Canada through his development of numerical models of coastal waters, and through application of these models to a wide variety of fields, from Search and Rescue software for the Canadian Coast Guard, to complete sewage outflow modelling for coastal communities, to tsunami and storm surge simulations, river plume and sediment transport, oils spill software and coastal erosion. His models of the Strait of Georgia and the St. Lawrence River and estuary have enabled others to extend these applications to ice forecasting, tidal height prediction and tidal current charts and software.

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)

To:  David Ball, Environment Canada, for his passionate devotion to excellence in operational meteorology. David is a leader in operational meteorology striving to develop better tools and training which he innovatively implemented within the operational environment. David then developed new objective approaches to measure the resulting improved performance.

Neil J. Campbell Medal for Exceptional Volunteer Service /

La médaille Neil J Campbell pour service bénévole exceptionnel

To:  Uri Schwarz for more than 23 years of dedicated service to CMOS. Uri assumed the duties of volunteer Executive Director of CMOS in February of 1983. In this capacity he developed the Society's administration and contributed extensively to making it a mature and well organized society, with a members and subscribers in excess of 1000. He is an exemplary volunteer who inspires those who work with him to excel, and has made an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of Meteorology and Oceanography in Canada.

On our behalf, he faced problems on a daily basis, but always maintained a level of dignity, grace and friendliness in a gentlemanly manner. When he was followed by Neil Campbell as Executive Director in 1994, Council made him Executive Director Emeritus, a role which he continues to fill to this day. Uri has been a wonderful ambassador for CMOS and has promoted the society through his many contacts all over the world.

Roger Daley Postdoctoral Publication Award /

Le Prix Roger Daley de publication post-doctorale

To:  Thomas Birner, University of Toronto, for his careful and definitive study of radiosonde temperature and wind measurements, which revealed the existence of a tropopause inversion layer in the extratropics. This novel and pioneering work is described in his paper, "The fine-scale structure of the extratropical tropopause region", in press in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. This paper is already generating considerable interest, as the discovery of this layer is of great importance, with implications for dynamics, chemical transport and mixing, and climate.


To:  Stephen Mayne, Lanark Weather, Smith Falls Ontario, for his outstanding contributions to all aspects of the weather community. Stephen's devotion to weather education, severe weather spotting and the safety and security of the public are commendable.  Stephen's passionate interest in meteorology is clearly evident in his excellent and informative Lanark Weather website

Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize /

Prix commémoratif Tertia M.C. Hughes

To:  Natacha Bernier, Dalhousie University, for her outstanding PhD thesis work at Dalhousie University entitled "Annual and Seasonal Extreme Sea Levels in the Northwest Atlantic: Hindcasts Over the Last 40 Years and Projections for the Next Century". This timely research, centred on the frequency of extreme sea levels along the eastern seaboard of Canada, is not only innovative, but has important practical applications in terms of flood-risk assessment.

Graduate Student Prizes / Prix pour étudiants diplômés

To:  Daniel Deacu, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Yi Wang, McGill University

Campbell Scientific Best Student Poster Prize /

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

(two prizes awarded in June 2006)

To:  Shannon E. Fargey and Shawn J. Marshall from the Department of Geography, University of Calgary for their analysis on the characteristics and correlation of storm systems and the system's interaction with the topography. Their poster submission was titled Spatial-Temporal Evolution of the June 2005 Cyclonic Storm Events in Southwestern Alberta Using the Foothills Climate Array Meteorological Network.

To:  Alexander S. Korobov and Kevin G. Lamb of the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo for their description of the energy cascade generated by tidal flow over topography. This poster submission was titled Spectral Analysis of Internal Waves Generated by Tidal Flow Over Topography.

The CMOS - Weather Research House Scholarship Supplement /

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

To:  Betty Ann Croft, Dalhousie University

The previous year's winner, Joshua Nault, University of Alberta, continues to hold his NSERC scholarship and hence he will also receive a cheque for $5000.

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

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

To:  James R. Munroe, University of Alberta

The CMOS Weather Network / Météomédia Scholarship

To:  Heather Antoniuk, University of Alberta, for excellence in her studies.

Undergraduate Scholarships / Bourses d'études de premier cycle

To:  Marie-Ève Gagné, McGill University and Bradley E. J. Power, University of Alberta

CMOS Fellows Announced / Nouveau Membres émérites

1. The title of CMOS Fellow is conferred on Theodore (Ted) Shepherd, University of Toronto, in recognition of his outstanding personal research in atmospheric dynamics, his leadership of collaborative middle atmosphere research and modelling programs in Canada, his mentoring of students and his leading contributions to the World Climate Research Program and its core project on Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC).  (This award was announced last year but held over for presentation in Toronto in 2006)

2. The title of CMOS Fellow is conferred on Michel Béland, Environment Canada, in recognition of his outstanding long-term contributions to atmospheric sciences, particularly as an administrator. With his exceptional leadership and drive, throughout his career Dr. Béland has catalyzed major national and international initiatives that have a strong influence on the advancement of our sciences.

3. The title of CMOS Fellow is conferred on Geoff Strong in recognition of his exceptional long-term service and support to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. His commitment to CMOS is evidenced by the number of positions which he has held and the number of volunteer hours which he has dedicated to the Society.

MSC Patterson Medal / SMC La medaille Patterson

On May 30th 2006, Marc Denis Everell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Canada, presented the MSC Patterson Distinguished Service Medal,  MSC's most prestigious award, for distinguished service to meteorology in Canada, to Michel Béland for his numerous contributions, both nationally and internationally, in advancing the scientific knowledge base in the fields of meteorology and environmental prediction.

DFO Timothy R. Parsons Medal / MPO La médaille Timothy R. Parsons

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Deputy Minister for Science of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented two awards named for Canadian ocean sciences pioneer Dr. Timothy R. Parsons to Dr. Ken Denman and Dr. Trevor Platt, on May 30th 2006.

Dr. Ken Denman received the award in honour of his career-long contributions on the influence of physical processes on ocean productivity, and for pioneering integrated physical-chemical-biological oceanographic research.

Dr. Trevor Platt received the award in honour of his outstanding contributions to the fields of biological oceanography and marine ecology, the thermodynamics of the open ocean ecosystem and an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

Link to DFO Information  / lien aux information MPO

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