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CMOS ZOOM Coping with Extreme Weather
October 8 @ 12:00 - 14:00
Public On-Line Forum/Panel Discussion
8 October 2020, noon to 2 PM
Coping with Extreme Weather
Marking the 2nd anniversary of the Ottawa/Gatineau Tornadoes
Moderator: Jim Abraham, Vice-President CMOS, Broadcast Meteorologist
Extreme weather events, including tornadoes, floods, ice storms, hurricanes, droughts and blizzards, are a major risk to life, property and the economy in Canada. The risks are changing as climate changes. The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is pleased to announce a free two-hour online forum for the public. Details of the program are on the next page. In the first hour, the moderator will introduce presentations from four leading Canadian experts. In the second hour, there will be a panel discussion on questions from the public.
The first talk will present an overview of natural disasters around the world and their costs to society, showing how extreme weather events are a major burden on countries, and how the costs to society have changed in recent decades. The second talk will be on lessons learned about disaster preparedness from the Ottawa/Gatineau tornadoes of September 2018. The third talk will offer a local perspective centred on how individuals in Dunrobin – one of the areas affected during the outbreak – experienced and recovered from this disastrous tornado. The fourth talk will place the 2018 tornadoes into the larger picture of tornadoes across Canada, looking at how and where tornadoes happen, and whether tornadoes are likely to change as the climate changes.
Visit the CMOS website www.cmos.ca to register (free) to have the Zoom link for the forum/discussion sent to you. The proceedings will be recorded live and available to the general public on the CMOS website at a later date.