CANCELLED: 54th Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Congress

When: 24 May 2020 to 28 May 2020

Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

More information: 
Link to CMOS Congress Website


Dear CMOS members and CMOS Congress participants,

The 54th Congress of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), scheduled for May 24-28, 2020 in Ottawa, has been cancelled.

This decision was based on the recommendations of local, provincial, and federal governments and public health agencies regarding actions needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities. It was made in collaboration with the Local Arrangements Committee (LAC), the Scientific Program Committee (SPC), the CMOS Executive and Council, and the Delta Hotel.

All abstract submission fees and registration fees will be fully refunded through your original method of payment. This will be done automatically and no action is needed on your part. We will process refunds as quickly as possible, but please be patient as this may take several weeks to complete. We have confirmed with the Delta Hotel that all Congress-related hotel reservations have been cancelled. All payments made by exhibitors and sponsors will also be refunded.

We will communicate with you later about the scheduling of the 2020 CMOS Annual General Meeting and other business meetings that normally take place during the Congress. These will be held as virtual meetings with remote attendance enabled.

We are also considering options for an online alternative to the Congress this year. A separate communication about this will be sent to session convenors and those who submitted abstracts.

We are sincerely grateful to all members of the LAC, the SPC, and the Ottawa Centre for the tremendous effort that they have put into organizing the 2020 CMOS Congress. We also thank CMOS staff, as well as session convenors, invited speakers and panelists, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors for their support of the 2020 Congress. It is deeply disappointing that we will not be able to enjoy what was shaping up to be a terrific meeting with an outstanding scientific program.

However, organization is already well underway for the 2021 CMOS Congress, which will be held in Victoria from June 6-10. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to connecting with many of you there next year.

If you have any questions, please contact Gordon Griffith at exec-dir [at]

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we wind down plans for the Congress. Meanwhile, please look after yourself, and be supportive of others as we all adapt to new challenges at home and at work in these uncertain times.

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:

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

Please submit abstracts online via the CMOS web site before 21 February 2020 (extended from February 14).