Prof. James (Jim) Drummond

Prof. James R. Drummond, M.A., D.Phil. FRSC graduated from the University of Oxford in England, was a faculty member of the Department of Physics, Toronto University for 27 years, and then a Canada Research Chair in Remote Sounding of Atmospheres in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University for 11 years until his “retirement”.

His research field is in studies of atmospheric composition, with a penchant for making measurements in extreme environments. He began with measurements from balloons during his graduate studies measuring nitrogen oxides, then progressed to satellite measurements and finally research in the Canadian High Arctic.

He is the Principal Investigator for the Measurements Of Pollution in The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument on the Terra satellite; a Co-Investigator for the instruments on the Canadian SciSat satellite; former Principal Investigator of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut; the founding president of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO); and the former Chair of the Forum of Arctic Research Operators (FARO).

When he was the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) he began the university and government scientific team that equipped the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut (80N, 86W) for atmospheric research since 2005.   He now has stepped back from leading and is now a “mentor” to the team.

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