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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members.  During COVID restrictions we are planning monthly virtual meetings from at least September to December 2020.

Our meetings are open to members and the public, but it is important to be on our email list to receive the Zoom co-ordinates for each meeting.  Meetings will be planned at lunch time - to sign in via Zoom - after 11:30 am followed by the presentation at 12:00 noon by an invited speaker, questions after and discussion.  Occasionally our meetings will be joint with partner groups or societies.

You can sign up to receive our Meeting Notices. Please click below and send the pop-up email, or manually send to jonesb@ncf.ca



Outreach activities aimed at high school, university and post graduate students are a priority for the Ottawa Centre. We judge and provide prizes at regional science fairs in Ottawa and Gatineau


Upcoming Luncheon Meeting - Thursday September 24, 2020

SPEAKER:  Chris Derksen Research Scientist / Chercheur scientifique Climate Processes Section / Section des processus climatiques Climate Research Division / Division de la Recherche climatique Science and Technology Branch / Direction générale des sciences et de la technologie, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

TITLE:  Key Findings from Canada's Changing Climate Report

ABSTRACT:  Canada's Changing Climate Report was released on April 1st, 2019.  Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, this is the first report to be released through the national assessment report series: Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action.  The report provides comprehensive information on how and why Canada's climate has changed, and what changes are projected for the future.  This talk will present results from the report on changes across Canada in temperature, precipitation, snow, ice and permafrost, freshwater availability as well as in Canada's three ocean's.  Changes in Canada's climate will be considered within the broader context of global-scale changes, with a focus on recent results from the IPCC Special Report on The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.


Chris Derksen is a research scientist with the Climate Research Division of Environment Canada, and holds an adjunct faculty position with the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at University of Waterloo. His research activities focus on the use of satellite derived datasets and climate models to identify interactions between the climate system and the cryosphere. Over the past 25 years, Chris has participated in numerous field campaigns across the Canadian Arctic, measuring snow and sea ice to validate satellite data and models. He is the science lead for a new satellite radar mission under development with the Canadian Space Agency, and was a lead author of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

PLACE Virtual presentation via Zoom.  Joining details will be sent a week before the meeting.


Thursday September 24th.  Sign in starts at 11:30 AM; chat with friends 11:30 to noon; presentation will start at 12:00 noon


RSVP:  Not necessary, but please be sure you are on the email list for sign-in details.  You may use the Subscribe / Unsubscribe option above.

NEXT MEETING:  October 2020, details to be announced


(collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

The schedule for the rest of the summer is every 2 weeks then back to weekly in September.

The schedule is:
12-Aug    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    Zachary Jacobson    Flu and SARS, speculations about COVID
26-Aug    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    Jon Legg    Arms Control and Disarmament
09-Sep    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    John Meyer    Canada's Energy Future (guest talk)
16-Sep    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    Dr. Haifa Feki     Climate Change and Water Resources
23-Sep    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    Dr. Art Hunter    Vertical wall solar power and a virus disinfection chamber
30-Sep    Wednesday    1:30 p.m.    TBD    No topic yet
07-Oct    Wednesday    1:30 PM    Jeff Passmore    Industrial Bio Revolution                   

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Ottawa Centre Archives - Please follow this link for past meeting notices, slides from recent lunch presentations, executive members, previous speakers by topic and year, minutes of executive meetings and much more.

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