Our graduate students (left to right: Pascal Bourgault, Charles Brunette and Amélie Desmarais) presenting their research on the Arctic climate and the future of sea ice to the general public at the Redpath Museum as part of '24 heures de sciences'.

Along with an interactive science demonstration, they shared stories from their field expeditions in the Arctic.

Photo credit: Charles Brunette

Our ATOC 555 Fieldcourse in Barbados students with prof John Gyakum and the scientist from Max-Planck ARM site at Deeble Point, Barbados.

Deeble point is the eastern most point of Barbados.  

May 2019

Congratulations to our undergrad student council,  the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Society of Undergraduates at McGill (AOSSUM)!

They won the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) of McGill's "Best Small Department" award (again) this year.

Our graduate students (Pascal Bourgault, Charles Brunette and Amélie Desmarais) took part in ’24 heures de sciences' event for the general public at the Redpath Museum held in May 2019.

They presented their research on the Arctic climate. The event was a success with over 140 people from very diverse ages and backgrounds stopping by to learn more about the Arctic and polar science. 

Photo credit: Charles Brunette

We are pleased to announced that our MSc student Natalie Gervasi is the 2018 recipient of the Peter Zwack Prize (McGill).

Every year the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society awards the Peter Zwack Prize to the most deserving MSc meteorology student in AOS. 

Peter Zwack was a professor of meteorology at UQAM, but a few years at McGill University. The "Peter Zwack Fund" was created in memory of prof. Zwack to encourage studies in meteorology.

Congratulations to our undergraduate student, Yeechian Low, for his paper published in the annual issue of McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) this year.

In their article, "Winter Mid-Tropospheric Weather Regimes in the Eastern North Pacific", Yeechian et al. define and analyze weather regimes in the eastern North Pacific based on the variability of mid-tropospheric weather patterns.

The CAOS workshop series in Atmospheric Data Science

Tutorials organised by our graduate student council (CAOS) for our graduate students

Andres Perez Hortal (PhD student) giving the 6th Python Workshop- a small Data Science project to practice exploratory data analysis (EDA) to analyze the dataset to summarize their main characteristics.

Congratulations to our undergraduate student, Jamie Hart, for her paper published in the annual issue of McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) this year.

In their article, "Examining the Transition from a perennial to a seasonal sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean: A Lagrangian Approach" Jamie et al. examine the dynamic and thermodynamic processes responsible for the observed loss of the Arctic's multiyear ice pack.

Polar Area Weather Station (PAWS) deployed on landfast sea ice south of Paul Island, near Nain. The PAWS provides meteorological data such as air temperature, wind speed and direction, and atmospheric pressure.

This project is a collaboration between the Canadian Ice Service (Adrienne Tivy), McGill University (Bruno Tremblay) and the Nain Research Center (Joey Angnatok).

Photo courtesy of Charles Brunette, PhD Student

Congratulations to our undergraduate student, Jed Lenetsky, for his paper published in the annual issue of McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) this year.

In their article, "Variability and Predictability of the Bering Strait Ocean heat Transport and Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Extent", Jed et al. examine the monthly, seasonal, and interannual variability of Pacific Ocean heat entering the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait, and its influence on sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean.

Students from our Sea Ice Group (Charles Brunette, Pascal Bourgault, Amelie Desmarais) participated in Expedition PS115/2 on the Polarstern icebreaker (Sep 4 - Oct 16, 2018).

Photo courtesy of Amelie Desmarais.

Alumni and Friends

The awards within the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences were made possible by the private philanthropic support of alumni, faculty and staff, as well as friends of the University. Private support is responsible for the majority of McGill’s student awards. If you wish to contribute to one of the awards in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, please visit the McGill Development and Alumni Relations secure online form. Please make sure that you write a note that your donation is to Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

If giving via the online pledge form, please indicate which award, prize, fellowship or memorial fund you would like your gift designated to under ‘Other’ in the ‘My Gift’ section of the form, while referring to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Alternately, you may send your donation to the below address. Please remember to include a mention of which award, prize, fellowship or memorial fund you would like your gift designated to.

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Tel.: 514-398-5000

If you are interested in establishing a named award, please contact Robert Davis at (514)-398-3128 or at :  rob.davis [at] mcgill.ca for more information. Donations, regardless of size, are very much appreciated. Please make sure that you write a note that your donation is to Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.


R. Grant Ingram Memorial Fund

Professor R. Grant Ingram passed away suddenly in his office at the University of British Columbia on June 13, 2007.

He was born on February 15, 1945, to Tom and Anne Ingram, in Warrington, England. He completed his B.Sc. (1965) and M.Sc. (1967) degrees at McGill University. His Ph.D. was earned in 1971 from the joint program in Oceanography from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as a Lecturer at the McGill University Institute of Oceanography in 1971, as an Assistant Professor from 1972 to 1976, and as an Associate Professor from 1976 to 1987. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1988 in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Grant moved to the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in 1997, and also served as the founding principal of St. John's College from 1997 to 2004. He was also UBC's Dean of Science Pro Tem, Associate Dean, and more recently, the Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Grant was an internationally renowned scholar, and received many awards, and most recently, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (May 2007).

In memory of Grant and his long and distinguished association with the McGill community, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has established the R. Grant Ingram Memorial Fund. Proceeds from this fund may be used to offer graduate student support, preferably in the domain of physical oceanography, or for the support of a symposium in physical oceanography.

Your donations will help us to keep Grant's spirit alive in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.