Day 3 Recap:
It’s hard to believe there’s only one day left of CMOS—the time has been flying by.
Day 3’s plenaries showcased two different challenges facing scientists in the marine and meteorological fields: Dr. Roberta Hamme spoke about using oceanographic modelling to better understand what controls dissolved gas concentration in newly-formed deep waters, examining the Labrador Sea. Dr. Hamme’s dynamic talk was followed by Amy Mathews Amos of COMPASS, speaking about science communication in a “post-truth era.” She emphasized the importance of identifying and understanding the audience with whom you are trying to communicate, building trust and credibility, and sharing your passion as part of your work.
The science communication talk led into an all-day science communication workshop for MEOPAR’s trainees, who benefited from Mathews Amos’s hands-on approach to building pitches and learning how to share their research knowledge beyond academic audiences.
Other parallel sessions took place throughout the day, including risks and impacts in the insurance industry, climate analysis and projection, earth systems models, and polar prediction.
Posters led to socializing, which led to the networking reception prior to the much-anticipated lobster banquet Wednesday night. Rumour has it that nearly 400 lobsters were served (with a few chickens for the landlubbers among us), along with rollicking music from The Fine Tuners.
A number of prestigious awards were announced (a full list of award-winners will be posted here). We were pleased to hear from current CMOS President Wayne Richardson, who transferred the role to incoming President Paul Kushner. Over the coming three years, Paul plans to focus on stewardship, through three main activities: tightening up, speaking up, and greening up.
After a successful partnership with MEOPAR this year, CMOS announced that next year’s Congress will be held in Montreal next July in conjunction with the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), coinciding with IUGG’s centennial. More information can be found here.
It was a late night for many, but we look forward to seeing everyone for the Congress’s final day Thursday, held in conjunction with MEOPAR’s Annual Scientific Meeting.