Kent Moore (supplied image)

Kent Moore awarded 2023 Patterson Distinguished Service Medal

Kent Moore, vice-principal, research at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Geophysics of Climate Change in the department of chemical and physical sciences, has been awarded a Patterson Distinguished Service Medal by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The prestigious award was created in 1946 in honour of meteorologist and U of T alum Dr. John Patterson and recognizes outstanding contributions to meteorology in Canada.

Moore is renowned for his climate research in the Arctic and mountainous regions. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, received over 65 national and international grants and awards and given numerous media interviews on his research and issues related to climate change.

“I’m incredibly honoured,” said Moore, who is praised by peers for his 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.”

“It’s also a testament to the contributions of the many students, fellows, and colleagues I’ve worked with over the years. It’s been a privilege to collaborate with such generous and committed scientists.”

“Professor Moore’s research program has transformed our understanding of the impacts of climate change in polar and mountainous regions,” said W. Richard Peltier, a University Professor in the department of physics at the Faculty of Arts & Science who nominated Moore for the award. “His highly interdisciplinary and internationally recognized body of knowledge has fostered excellence in climate science, contributing to Canada’s global leadership in the field.”

Moore received his Patterson Medal in a ceremony at the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Congress this June.

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