Gordon McBean

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Gordon McBean
Alma mater

Gordon McBean, CM, is a Canadian climatologist who serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a professor at the University of Western Ontario and Chair for Policy in the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Previously he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Meteorological Service of Canada.


Professor McBean is born in British Columbia, Canada. He studied physics in McGill University and obtained a PhD in physics and oceanography from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, in 1970.[1][2]

From 1970 to 1988, McBean was a scientist with Environment Canada. In 1988, he became Professor of Geography and Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Program and in 1992, Professor of Oceanography and Head of the Department of Oceanography.[2] He returned to Environment Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister from 1994 to 2000, responsible for climate, weather and air quality sciences and services in the federal government.[2][3]

In 1995, McBean gave a speech to the World Meteorological Organization on global warming. In 2006, McBean, with Andrew Weaver and Ken Denman, authored an open letter, signed by 90 Canadian climate scientists, to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling for an effective national climate change strategy.[4][5] The letter was a response to an earlier open letter to Harper from 60 scientists (seven of them climatologists, 19 of them Canadians) arguing against the Kyoto accord and questioning its scientific basis.[6]

In addition to his involvement with the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, McBean is member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences partnerships committee and since 2014 president of the International Council for Science (ICSU) [3] (before 2014 member of the environment advisory committee).

In 2018, he was professors in the Departments of Geography, Political Science and Physics at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, and is Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Co-Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability there. He also acts as a mentor for the Loran Scholars program.

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  1. ^ Gabrielle Drolet (October 23, 2018). "Gordon McBean rings the warning bells for climate change". Western Gazette. Western University.
  2. ^ a b c "UBC Alumni Award: Gordon McBean". Departement of Geography. University of British Columbia. 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Official ICSU Web Page". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  4. ^ "Canada's top climate scientists issue open letter to Prime Minister Harper calling for action on climate change". Newswire press release. April 19, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30.
  5. ^ David Ljunggren (Reuters) (April 19, 2006). "Act now on climate change, scientists tell Canada". Univ. of Western Ontario. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2007-08-23.
  6. ^ "Open to Kyoto debate". National Post. April 6, 2006. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  7. ^ "Honour Roll: The Patterson Distinguished Service Medal". Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS).
  8. ^ "Gordon A. McBean, Ph.D., FRSC, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CO-RECIPIENT". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14.
  9. ^ "Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony March 31, 2010".
  10. ^ "30 Appointees Named To Ontario's Highest Honour". Archived from the original on 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  11. ^ "Gordon McBean". CMOS Bulletin. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). 2018-07-05.

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