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Arctic Special Interest Group (Arctic SIG)

An exciting new Special Interest Group has been formed within CMOS.

Marty Taillefer of Maritime Way Scientific Inc and David Fissel of ASL Environmental Sciences Inc are sponsoring the formation of a Special Interest Group focused on the Arctic regions. In accordance with CMOS Bylaw #5 dealing with Special Interest Groups and recognizing that Canada's North is emerging as an important area for applications of meteorological, oceanographic and related knowledge and data, Arctic SIG will serve as a focus for CMOS interests in the North. The group will serve as an advisory organization to the National Executive and council on matters related to the Arctic region. It will provide a forum for public, private, academic and even northern communities to work in support of issues specifically related to meteorology, oceanography and the environment.

The group will also be a forum to facilitate the publishing of materials and the creation of a special track to present Arctic environmental issues and scientific research at the Annual CMOS Congress.

Under the bylaw the group requires 25 members to participate and show interest in support of the mandate and activities of the group.

We are in the process of gaining support and therefore ask that you send an email to Martin Taillefer mtaillefer@maritimeway.ca indicating your interest.

For further information please contact:

SPONSORING GROUPS 

David Fissel: dfissel@aslenv.com
Martin Taillefer:  mtaillefer@maritimeway.ca
Ann McMillan: mcmillan@storm.ca

Arctic SIG CO-PROGRAM MANAGER

Vera Reifenstein: vera.reifenstein@maritimeway.ca


DRAFT

Terms of Reference (Draft 7, 25 September, 2012)

Members

Sponsors

David Fissel, ASL Environmental Science Inc
Martin Taillefer, Maritime Way Scientific Inc

Arctic SIG Manager

Vera Reifenstein, Maritime Way Scientific Inc
Ann MacMillan, Storm Consulting Services

Additional Members

To be self-nominated based on interest


Terms of Reference

  1. In accordance with CMOS Bylaw #5 dealing with Special Interest Groups and recognizing that Canada's North is emerging as an important area for applications of meteorological, oceanographically and related knowledge and data, a special interest group on the Arctic (Arctic SIG) will serve as a focus for CMOS interests in the North.

  2. Objectives of the group include:

    1. Handling of CMOS interests related to the Arctic in a consistent and transparent manner ii. Acting as an advisory group to the National Executive Council and membership in discussions between CMOS and others on matters related to Canada's Arctic and Northern Regions.

    2. Developing awareness of the importance of meteorology, oceanography and related science to Northern development and Arctic environmental changes and issues

    3. The engagement and communication with Northern groups and communities about Arctic meteorological, oceanographic and environmental issues, data and scientific studies

    4. Create a neutral forum by which parties from public, private, academic and local communities both Canadian and foreign entities can work in support of Arctic meteorological, oceanographic, environmental issues, data and scientific studies

    5. Provide a networking environment in order to bring together all interested groups both public and private in order to further the study of Arctic meteorological, oceanographic and environmental issues, data and scientific studies addressing issues such as climate change

    6. Facilitate the publishing of specialized material in Atmosphere-Ocean and elsewhere tied to Arctic and Northern focused research and publications

  3. Mode of Operation: The group will normally work and meet by e-mail but will explore the use of technologies to facilitate national scope meetings and discussions. It may appoint ad hoc working and study groups as required. The need for a face-to-face workshop will be assessed.

    1. Monthly or quarterly working meetings

    2. Potential for specialized sessions at the CMOS Congress Reporting of activities on a quarterly basis to the CMOS National Executive.

    3. Sponsoring of a special track at the annual CMOS conference related to Arctic meteorological, oceanographic, environmental issues, data and scientific studies

  4. Core Activities

    1. To represent the interests of CMOS, to develop positions related to Arctic issues and present these to other groups or bodies.

    2. To act as an advisory group on discussion with the CMOS membership and on matters related to Canadian Arctic meteorology, oceanography and related matters.

    3. To engage Northerners in discussion related to meteorology, oceanography and related matters in the Arctic.

    4. Reporting, Budget and fees: A business plan outlining a targeted set of activities will be created that includes any potential fees and expenditures. This will be reported to the CMOS executive as per other committee reporting on an annual basis at the annual general meeting.

  5. Arctic SIG Mandate & TOR review

On an annual basis, the SIG Executives will convene a meeting to review and assess the SIG's mandate and terns of reference to ensure that they meet the intent and mandate of the group and CMOS.

version 7, 25 Sept 2012