Scientists have been looking at pollution affecting the air, land and water around the Athabasca Oil Sands for some time. After looking at contaminants in snow taken from up-to 25 km away from the oil sands, a McGill-led scientific team now suggests that oil sand pollution is also affecting the weather patterns in the surrounding regions.

Classified as: pollution, Athabaska oil sands, weather, nanoparticles, environment, Sustainability, chemistry
Published on: 18 Nov 2019

Congratulations to the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Weather Forecasting Team (Prof. John Gyakum, Dr. Eyad Atallah, Christopher McCray (PhD student), Kai Melamed-Turkish (MSc student), Yeechian Low (MSc student) for the Safety Ambassador 2019 award for all their weather related-services for major events such as convocation ceremonies for the past years to the Emergency Management and Preparedness Unit.

Pictured accepting the award: L-R Christopher McCray, Yeechian Low and Kai Melamed-Turkish

Classified as: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Weather Forecasting Team, Safety Ambassador award, recognition
Published on: 13 Sep 2019

It is with great sadness that I convey the news that Roddy Rogers, Professor Emeritus in our department, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, has passed away on February 20.

Roddy, a giant in our field, was a world-renowned scientist, particularly in the areas of cloud physics and radar meteorology. His text, co-authored with Professor Yau, entitled “A short course in Cloud Physics” has been used by students and faculty throughout the globe.

Published on: 5 Mar 2019

Our very own Christopher McCray (PhD Student, McGill AOS) crunches Environment Canada numbers on rain, snow, temperature and freezing rain ' to quantify the weather whiplash Montrealers have been experiencing this winter'.

Read more about 'Weather Whiplash' on the Montreal Gazette website.

Published on: 28 Feb 2019

Amélie Desmarais, our MSc student, attended the Emerging Leaders 2019 Conference that was held in Norway in January of this year.

Classified as: Leadership Conference
Published on: 1 Feb 2019

Our department is happy to share another achievement of prof. Parisa Ariya's scientific group. Their study about the development of sustainable and recyclable technology for removal of toxic metals such as mercury, instantaneously, has been published in the Scientific Reports section of the international journal of science, Nature Publishing. This technique uses metals which are found in airborne particles and on soil, and it does not use energy, and recycle and remove all materials.

Classified as: atmospheric science
Published on: 5 Nov 2018

Congratulations to Professor Parisa A. Ariya and Research Associate Roya Mortazavi  for their published paper:

Classified as: meteorology
Published on: 1 Feb 2018

Professor and Chair of our department, John Gyakum is featured in an article published in this week's issue of the The McGill Tribune. He is credited with coining the "bomb cyclone" term which has been trending in the national and international press, receiving huge amount of public attention before and in the aftermath of  great blizzard storm at the beginning of this year. Read the full article here.

Classified as: meteorology
Published on: 17 Jan 2018

We are pleased to inform you that Jade Sauvé, one of our undergraduate students, supervised by her research advisor, Carolina Dufour, won the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society prize for the best student poster in physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences at the Québec Océan meeting two weeks ago.

The title of her poster is “"Antarctic sea ice trend: Insights from a suite of climate models.”

Please join us in congratulating them for this outstanding recognition.

Classified as: Awards
Published on: 30 Nov 2017

Results from recent Earth's Future article based on a study co-authored by Prof. Bruno Tremblay covered in Arctic Now. Please click here to read the full article.

Classified as: published
Published on: 7 Jul 2017

An international team of researchers, including Prof. Andreas Zuend managed to publish their work as a letter in Nature titled “Surface tension prevails over solute effect in organic-influenced cloud droplet activation”.

Classified as: published
Published on: 6 Jul 2017

Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by McGill University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang.

In a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience, Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.

Classified as: Asia, Trade, climate change, developing countries, Nature Geoscience, climate, emissions, Greenhouse gases, aerosols, forcing, Yi Huang, developed countries
Published on: 6 Sep 2016

We are pleased to inform you that Yevgen Nazaranko and Uday Kurien, both graduate students supervised by Prof. Parisa Ariya, have received awards of excellence in two different conferences:

Classified as: Awards
Published on: 5 Jul 2016

We are pleased to inform you that Cécile Defforge, an M. Sc. Student supervised by Professor Tim Merlis, has received the Poster Student Award at the 32nd AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, held during 17-22 April in San Juan, PR.

We are equally pleased to announce that that Kai Melamed-Turkish, has been awarded the CMOS Undergraduate Scholarship, at the recently held CMOS Congress, in Fredericton, NB, during 30 May - 2 June.

Classified as: Awards
Published on: 18 Jun 2016


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