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Date: May 09, 2000

Weather Experts To Gather In Victoria

Hundreds of national and international experts in the fields of meteorology, oceanography, climate and hydrography will descend on UVic May 29 to June 2 to discuss the role of the Pacific Ocean in climate and weather conditions. They are coming together for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) 34th annual congress.
Leading edge research results will be presented in the analysis, modelling, and theoretical aspects of Pacific weather, climate and climate change, El Niņo/Southern oscillation, Pacific decadal oscillation, Arctic/Antarctic oscillation, ocean observations and analysis, and bio-geochemical cycles.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Ken Denman (Institute of Ocean Sciences) on progress in developing models to describe the interaction between ocean biology and climate variations;
  • Dr. Ants Leetmaa (Director, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Climate Prediction Center) on the development of new models and techniques for ocean climate prediction;
  • Dr. David Neelin (UCLA) on the evolution of our ability to forecast El Niņos, and new understanding of El Niņo dynamics; and
  • Dr. Clifford Mass (University of Washington) on Pacific weather and regional forecasting.

UVic is a hub of research in oceanography, meteorology and climate studies and home to Environment Canada's Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis. The Institute of Ocean Sciences, the section of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans which serves as the focal point for Canada's oceanographic research in the Pacific, is in Sidney. In addition, Victoria is home to Canada's Pacific Naval Fleet. The operational and research activities underway in this area cut across all aspects of CMOS interest.
Sessions will be held on an array of atmospheric and oceanic science in all areas of meteorology and oceanography.

Media contacts:
Doug Bancroft
CMOS Congress 2000
Tel: (250) 363-2958
Fax: (250) 363-2132

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