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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members. The Centre holds monthly meetings downtown from September through May.  Our meetings are open to members and the public.  Meetings start with lunch followed by a presentation by an invited speaker and discussion. Occasionally our meetings are joint with partner groups or societies.  About every ten years, the Ottawa Centre hosts the annual CMOS Congress.

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 - Wednesday 26 April 2017

SPEAKER: Dr. Richard Dewey, Ocean Networks Canada, University of Victoria, CMOS Tour Speaker

TITLE: Pacific Anomalies: Oscillations, El Nino, and The Blob

ABSTRACT:  The Pacific Ocean has exhibited a number of major anomalies during the last few years, generally responding to large scale atmospheric patterns. Some of these patterns have been seen before, including the Pacific Oscillation dating back over nearly a century. However, recent occurrences have been detected under the shadow of climate change and in the presence of enhanced observing and forecast systems. Our ability to detect, characterize, and correlate these patterns continues to advance, while our ability to predict and understand the causes and linkages remains somewhat limited. In this overview of major events dating from 2012 through to the end of 2016, we will piece together some of the puzzle, or puzzles, peculiar to the northeast Pacific to reveal what we know and don't know about this critical region.

Rideau  Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.  Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)

COST:  $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10

TIME 12:00 noon, Wednesday 26 April 2017

MENU:  salmon, green beans and scalloped potatoes with lemon meringue pie for dessert

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance by Friday 21 April 2017 by Doodle (click here)

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to be added to our list, or if you have problems with Doodle:

Martin Gauthier 613-730 7608 ext 2520; email: martin.gauthier@rwdi.com
Ann McMillan 613-831-5851; email: mcmillan@storm.ca
Paul Pestieau 613-990-6855; email:  Paul.Pestieau@canada.ca
Bob Jones 613-820-6336; email:  jonesb@ncf.ca
Daria Bradbury 613-949-9119; email:  Daria.Bradbury@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Tom Zagon: 613-992-8431; email:  tom.zagon@canada.ca

CANCELLATION:  If you need to cancel, please change your Doodle information as soon as
possible or let a contact person know so we can cancel your food order.

NEXT MEETING:  late May 2017 details tba


The Canadian Association for the Club of Rome (CACOR) (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

View Ottawa CACOR Web Site


Ottawa Science Exchange and Partner Meeting Notices (notices closest to the current date are on top)

Sigma Xi, Companions in Research     

Ottawa Chapter

Meeting and Lecture Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 6:30 pm Central Experimental Farm K. W. Neatby Building,  Salon C

Alan Emery CEO KIVU Nature Inc. will speak on

Global Warming: Impacts,  Interventions,  Consequences,  Costs,  and Implications

Recent global warming is the result of a range of human activities. By examining the climates in the geological past as proxy observations of real events, we can describe what we can expect future climates to be like based on both the past observations and any changes we decide to make. From those observation-based descriptions, we can deduce the conditions we will face in the near-term and long-term future. What can we realistically do to manage the future climate and thus limit the damage to future generations? Can we afford it?

I will discuss the basics of global warming, offering some easily understood evidence to confirm that the recent warming is indeed the result of human activities and not some natural phenomenon.  I will explain the methods we have used and the results we get when we investigate the near-term and long-term effectiveness of potential intervention scenarios.

Essentially delay is a very bad idea. Our interventions must eliminate not only our own excess carbon emissions, they must also remove nearly one quarter of the carbon that is now in the atmosphere in order to return to pre-industrial norms and stabilize the climate.

Once we understand the long-term consequences of our near-term actions, we can begin to define the critically important elements to tackle first - the most obvious being our energy sources. Is the end-game - saving humanity - within the realm of possible? If so how much will it cost and for what specific benefits? The answers will surprise you, may dismay you, and yet will provide hope for the future.

As many of the audience as wish will continue the discussion over supper ; no advance notice is necessary.    Guests are always welcome

The Neatby Building stands at the northern boundary of the Central Experimental Farm, roughly across Carling from the Civic Hospital.

To reach the Building from Carling, turn south into the Farm on Maple Drive, at the intersection at the brow of the hill, half way between Preston and Parkdale;  the intersection has traffic lights, and the residential street running north opposite Maple is named Irving Place. An immediate right turn (westward) off Maple will lead into a parking lot, where there is ample free parking after 5 pm, and on to the Neatby Building.  There is some parking on the roadway in front of the building itself, including designated handicapped spots.

Drivers eastbound on Carling may choose, 100 metres before the traffic lights, to turn in directly at the main entrance to the Neatby Building.

Drivers coming through the Farm may turn north from the NCC Scenic Drive onto Maple.

Sigma Xi, Ottawa Chapter contact:

Heather Marshall    (613) 733-9423 Bruce Gill    (613) 832-8040  or  scarab57@xplornet.com


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