Invitation to Submit Abstracts of Papers for CMOS 54th Congress
24-28 May, 2020

Abstract submission now closed. 

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) will host its 54th Congress from May 24-28, 2020 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Ottawa City Centre - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available on the Congress website at

The focus of this congress is:

“Building Societal Resilience to Changing Weather, Climate, Oceans and Environment”

The CMOS Congress in 2020 in Ottawa has the unique opportunity to highlight to policy makers the national observations, research and services that contribute substantively to reduction of society’s risk to extreme weather, climate and environmental events and to outline the challenges facing us in managing our Future Earth environment and societal resilience. In addition, the Congress can foster cross-disciplinary dialogue amongst research and managerial professionals in meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, earth sciences, environment and social science on challenges facing us nationally and globally. What measures can be taken to ensure that we have the necessary national and global infrastructure and expertise in place to maintain societal resilience? Special sessions will be held not only on the use of weather, climate and environmental prediction for risk reduction but also on: (i) protecting Canada’s vast Arctic and sub-Arctic as weather, climate and environment changes and (ii) strengthening cooperation to reduce risks to agriculture and other sectors posed by changing weather and climate.

The Themes under which scientific and technical sessions will be organized are, in no order of priority:

  1. Risks and Impacts of Climate Change on the Resilience of Major Sectors
  2. Tornadoes and Other Extreme Weather Events Impacting Canadians
  3. Oceans and Ice in a Changing Climate
  4. Floods and Water Crises in Canada and Globally
  5. Impacts of A Changing Climate in the Arctic
  6. Climate-Weather-Water and Food
  7. Pollution of the Air, Water and Ecosystems
  8. The Cryosphere – Impacts Locally to Globally

Please submit abstracts on-line via the CMOS web site before 14 February 2020 [Closed 28 February 2020] . [Instructions]

You will be asked to select a specific Session if possible (see Description of Sessions). If you cannot find a relevant session please choose a "General" session and your paper will be assigned to a session later. Please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation.

A non-refundable fee of $70.00 is required to complete your submission. Your abstract will be evaluated by the Science Program Committee and you will be notified by the end of March 2020 of the presentation details, including if your presentation is to be oral or by poster.

Student CMOS members are encouraged to participate and to apply for a Student Travel Awards. When submitting an abstract a student can apply for a Student Travel Award (maximum to $500) at the time of abstract submission by completing the form. Please note that only abstracts submitted by the submission deadline of February 28, 2020, will be considered for the award.

Note that an abstract submission does not constitute congress registration. Registration is now open..

Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs:

Professor Gordon McBean, C.M., O.Ont, PhD, FRSC
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction ( and Western University

Professor Leonard Barrie, PhD, FRSC
McGill University, U of Stockholm and The Cyprus Institute

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