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Professor Kent Moore awarded the 2023 Patterson Distinguished Service Medal


Prof. Kent Moore, Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Geophysics of Climate Change and UTM’s Vice-Principal, Research, has been awarded the 2023 Patterson Medal by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for his outstanding contributions in the field of Canadian meteorology.

The prestigious annual award was created in 1946 in honour of Dr. John Patterson, a U of T alumnus who was director and controller for nearly two decades of what is now the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). 

Touted as an authoritative voice in the field, Moore is known widely for his prominence in climate research in the Arctic and in mountainous regions. He’s published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, been cited nearly 11,000 times, and received over 65 national and international grants and awards. 

“Professor Moore’s research program has transformed our understanding of the impacts of climate change in polar and mountainous regions,” says Prof. Richard Peltier, a university professor in the Department of Physics at U of T. 

“I’m incredibly honoured,” says Moore, who is praised by peers for his curiosity, collaborative nature, empathetic leadership, and creative approach to research. “To join the ranks of Canada’s leaders in meteorology who have received this award before me — it means a great deal.”

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