The 13th International Meeting on Statistical Climatology will be held in Canmore, Alberta from June 6th to 10th, 2016. The meetings, which have been held roughly every three years since 1979, are organized by independent statisticians, climatologists and atmospheric scientists. The meetings facilitate communication between the science and statistics communities and promote good statistical practice in climate and atmospheric science. The local organizer of the 13th meeting is Dr. Francis Zwiers. This meeting is sponsored by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, the World Climate Research Program, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Contributions are invited in all aspects of the application of statistical methods in climate research and the development of new statistical methods and theories relevant to climate applications. In addition, a number of named sessions are planned, including: climate data homogenization and climate trends/variability assessment, the Detection and Attribution Model Intercomparison Project (DAMIP) and relevant applications, The WCRP Grand Challenge on extremes, the attribution of extreme weather events and their impacts to external drivers of climate change, understanding climate variability and its teleconnections under global warming, extreme value theory and its applications, nonlinear methods in statistical climatology, statistical approaches for weather and climate model validation and evaluation, advanced methods for evaluating weather and climate extremes in climate model simulations, statistical downscaling of climate model simulations, and the stochastic analysis of the hydrologic cycle.

The deadline for submitting an abstract is Feb. 29th, 2016.


Canmore is nestled in the scenic Bow Valley, in Alberta's Rockies, a segment of the North American Rocky Mountains. A former coal mining town and site of the 1988 winter olympics, it is about 80 kilometres west of Calgary and roughly 20 kilometres southeast of Banff. The map below shows the conference venue location. Owing to Canmore's latitude and elevation, the sun rises at about 5:30 a.m. in June and sets at just before 10:00 p.m. The temperature can vary from about four degrees Celsius to about eighteen, with an average of eleven, though the mountain weather can change quickly and cool rapidly at night. Nearby are the Canmore Caverns, the Nordic Centre Provincial Park and several lakes, including Quarry Lake, Grassi Lakes and the Upper Kananaskis.


From the airport: The closest airport to Canmore is the Calgary International Airport (YYC). There are airport shuttles to Canmore. The Banff Airporter has a scheduled bus to the Coast Hotel Canmore every hour or two. Attendees may wish to consider booking in advance.

Important travel note:

The contact information for the venue is as follows: Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre, located at 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta, T1W 1N7.

Phone: 403-678-3625 Fax: 403-678-5534


Program Committee:
Lisa Alexander, Barbara Brown, Wenju Cai, Alex Cannon, Barbara Casati, Reik Donner, Markus Donat, Erich Fischer, Nathan Gillett, Gabi Hegerl, Chris Jacks, Megan Kirchmeier-Young, Reto Knutti, Upmanu Lall, Douglas Maraun, Seung-Ki Min, Trevor Murdock, Mohammad Reza Najafi, Philippe Naveau, Friederike Otto, Sonia Seneviratne, Ashish Sharma, Jana Sillmann, Hideo Shiogama, Vijay Singh, Andrea Toreti, Lucie Vincent, Xiaolan Wang, Sang-Wook Yeh, Xuebin Zhang Francis Zwiers.

Local Committee:
Francis Zwiers, Shelley Ma and Michael Shumlich.

Sponsoring Organizations