For 25 years, Environmental Science Professor Dr. Peter Jackson has been teaching University of Northern British Columbia students about atmospheric science, researching wind flow in complex terrain and engaging with the community about air quality and weather patterns.
This week, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) honoured Jackson for his professional accomplishments and dedication to the organization by naming him Fellow of the Society. The designation is awarded to CMOS members who have provided exceptional long-term service and support to the Society, and/or who have made outstanding contributions to the scientific, professional, educational, forecasting or broadcasting fields in atmospheric or ocean sciences in Canada.
“I am happy and touched to be named a Fellow of CMOS – it was a very nice and unexpected surprise,” Jackson says. “The list of CMOS Fellows includes many well-known meteorologists and oceanographers in Canada, and I am honoured–and surprised–to be included in that list. I would like to thank those who nominated me for this recognition.”
Jackson first became involved with CMOS as a graduate student in 1986. He has regularly attended the society’s annual congress and has taken on leadership roles within the organization including co-chairing the scientific program committee for a congress and serving as chair of the CMOS B.C Interior/Yukon Centre. He has participated in an outreach project to install weather stations in schools across B.C. and Yukon. His research has been published in the society’s flagship journal Atmosphere-Ocean and Jackson is currently an associate editor with the publication.
The Fellow of the Society citation, presented at the virtual CMOS annual general meeting, summarizes Jackson’s accomplishments in the classroom, laboratory and for his professional service:
“Peter L. Jackson – for his outstanding dedication to the training and mentoring of atmospheric science students, for his world-class research in atmospheric science, and for his exceptional commitments and contributions to CMOS and the broader community,” the citation reads.
CMOS created the Fellow of the Society designation in 1997 and has granted the FCMOS title to more than 50 individuals.