2008 Prizewinners / Lauréats des prix 2008

Awarded at the 43rd CMOS Annual Congress, Halifax NS, June 2 and 3, 2009

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:  John C. Fyfe for his substantive contributions to our understanding of climate variability and change, especially as expressed in the polar regions. His milestone paper “The Arctic and Antarctic oscillations and their projected changes under global warming”, published in Geophysical Research Letters in 1999, was the first to demonstrate that these modes can be accurately represented in global climate models, and that their behaviour is expected to change somewhat as the climate warms. It has been cited some 250 times and has been highly influential, leading the way for numerous other studies on the topic of annular modes and polar climate variability.

J.P. Tully Medal in Oceanography /

Médaille de J.P. Tully en océanographie

To:  Chris Garrett in recognition of his illuminating and productive insights into a broad range of fundamental oceanography problems. His ability to view complex phenomena through a simplifying lens built of physical concepts has proved to be highly effective, not just for theories but also for a wide range of practical issues. His unflagging scientific integrity has inspired generations of young oceanographers, as has his uncanny ability to identify the core issue at hand, while others wrestle with details.

Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology /

Prix du Andrew Thomson en météorologie appliquée

To:  William Burrows  for his long and dedicated service in developing many key meteorological forecasting techniques for a variety of atmospheric phenomenon. Dr Burrows' unique specialty of statistical applications has proved instrumental in the improved forecasting of hazardous meteorological phenomenon such as blizzards, fog/stratus, convection, and most notably, lightning probability. This body of work has bridged many gaps between meteorological science and atmospheric forecasting and is well deserving of this award.

Prize in Applied Oceanography /

Prix en océanographie appliquée

(named for François J. Saucier at Halifax Congress AGM)

To:  Rolf Lueck  for a history of innovative development and exceptional technical support for unique and valuable instrumentation, particularly for the measurement of ocean microstructure. His work has recently resulted in the development and worldwide marketing of a series of systems for measuring ocean turbulence, leading to a rapid expansion in the measurement of important mixing processes around the globe.

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:  Jack Dunnigan  for his passion and excellent contributions to operational meteorology, as a forecaster and as a software designer. Jack's boundless energy, operational insightand computer language skills have been combined to create a prodigious number of key operational software tools over the course of the last 12 years, particularly in the aviation sector. Quite notably MultiAlert which has become a fundamental situational awareness software tool combining various information sources onto a well designed display. Jack continues to move operational software design forward and always places operations and operational forecasters at the top of his priority list.

Neil J. Campbell Medal for Exceptional Volunteer Service /

La médaille Neil J Campbell pour service bénévole exceptionnel

To:  Susan Woodbury  for her exceptional service and dedication to CMOS at both the local and national level over a period of more than two decades. She has served on numerous CMOS committees, often in a leadership role, always with a focus on strengthening both CMOS and meteorology in Canada. Her contributions have had an impact in many areas and her efforts as a volunteer are widely appreciated.

Roger Daley Postdoctoral Publication Award /

Le Prix Roger Daley de publication post-doctorale

not awarded for 2008


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

none awarded for 2008

Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize /

Prix commémoratif Tertia M.C. Hughes

To:  Alex J. Cannon  for his outstanding and innovative Ph.D. dissertation at the University of British Columbia, consisting of five refereed journal publications. Each paper consists of a distinct new statistical model tackling the challenging problems of seasonal climate prediction and/or climate downscaling.

To:  Li Zhai  for her Ph.D. dissertation at Dalhousie University, which describes an impressive body of work encompassing the application of data assimilative ocean models to the Lunenberg Bay region, including analysis of dynamical processes, validation against observations and examination of ecologically important exchange processes within the bay and with adjacent regions.

Campbell Scientific Best Student Poster Prize /

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

To: Karen Smith, University of Toronto

Topic: Influence of stationary wave field on stratosphere-troposphere coupling response to idealized Eurasian snow forcing

The CMOS - Weather Research House Scholarship Supplement/

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

To:  Andrew Hamilton who is a Ph.D. student at University of British Columbia.  Focusing on his previous work in the area of the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, his research will undertake a spatial-temporal study of the ice shelf integrity alongside an examination of the variability and succession of the sub-ice shelf microbial community.

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

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

To:  Kristina Brown  who is a Ph.D. student at University of British Columbia working on the application of various chemical tracer measurements in the Arctic Ocean to quantify dissolved CO2 export within brines during sea ice formation.

The CMOS Weather Network / Météomédia Scholarship

To:  Alexandra Anderson-Frey, a third year undergrad student, University of Alberta

Undergraduate Scholarships / Bourses d'études de premier cycle

To:  Lindsay Sutton, a third year undergrad student, University of Alberta

CMOS Fellow Announced / Nouveau Membre émérite

Richard Marsden  for his exceptional contributions to the Society, ocean research, and training of the next generation of applied Canadian oceanographers.

MSC Patterson Medal / SMC La medaille Patterson

To: George A. Isaac

For over 35 years, George Issac has been a leading member in Canadian and International meteorological research. George began his career when he joined the Meteorological Service of Canada in 1972 and since that time he has become a Senior Scientist in Environment Canada and has been described by his colleagues as "one of the most productive and influential scientists in the Atmospheric Environment Service".

George has made significant contributions to Canadian and International meteorology science through his research in the fields of cloud physics and microphysics, aircraft icing, cloud chemistry and acid rain, weather modification and nowcasting.

Throughout his career, George has demonstrated very strong leadership skills as he has built and led Canadian scientific teams that have been recognized as both ground-breaking and world-class in their accomplishments.

A couple of George's biggest contributions to meteorology are described here. The first is his work in the field of cloud physics where he has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles covering the importance of the roles of aerosols and clouds in the energy budget of the Earth and the role that changes in these might have on climate change. George currently works with a group of internationally recognized scientists on aerosol physics, cloud property parameterizations, cloud physics theory and microphysics and cloud-climate links.

George's second notably contribution was in the field of aircraft icing where George was responsible for assembling a team of researchers which is now recognized as world leaders in icing modeling, icing model verification and icing microphysics and characterization. In 2002, he was recognized for this work when he received a Departmental Citation of Excellence for outstanding scientific research and leadership in the field of aircraft icing.

George has also contributed internationally to further meteorological research initiatives and served as both a member and chair on numerous committees and working groups in organizations such as the WMO and the International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP) to further our understanding of the physics and chemistry of clouds and weather modification research.

He is highly respected for research, recognized as a world leader in the field and his leadership and excellence in meteorological research is recognized by all who have had the opportunity to work with him.

What stands out about Dr. Issac above the many significant scientific contributions is his ability to enable and lead the development of world-class research teams in several different subject areas and his ability to influence research efforts in the field of meteorology through the advancement and application of science and knowledge. This is what makes Dr. Issac a great leader, one that is respected by his peers and colleagues.

DFO Timothy R. Parsons Medal (2009) / MPO La médaille Timothy R. Parsons (2009)

To: Richard Thomson

Dr. Thomson received the award for his extensive contributions to multidisciplinary ocean research over more than 35 years of service with Fisheries and Oceans.

Dr. Thomson is a prolific writer with more than 170 publications in primary peer-reviewed journals, two books - the best-selling "Oceanography of the British Columbia Coast" published in 1981 and the internationally acclaimed "Data Analysis Methods in Physical Oceanography" coauthored with Bill Emery in 1998 (revised in 2001), and countless reports. Throughout his eclectic career, there are several recurring themes:

  • a desire to communicate the results of his research through highly respected national and international journals;
  • the need to understand the bio-physical processes of hydrothermal venting regions of the world ocean, including Endeavour Ridge in the northeast Pacific - Canada's first Marine Protected Area;
  • a long-term interest in the generation and propagation of tsunamis generated by both earthquakes and submarine slides, including the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004;
  • a career-long effort to understand the ecosystem dynamics of the west coast of North America, including the paleoclimate of the region based on sediment cores from anoxic basins; and
  • the championing of Operational Oceanography for the prediction of storm surges and climate-induced sea level rise.
Dr. Thomson has also found time to motivate and mentor other scientists, students, and support staff to contribute synergistically to multidisciplinary research activities in Canada's ocean science community. Rick's contributions, ideas, publications, and leadership are evident through his body of research, activities and regulatory contributions in Canada.

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