MYSAK, LAWRENCE A. / Sciences de la Terre / Chercheurs

Centre International de Recherche Scientifique


Sciences de la Terre / MYSAK, LAWRENCE A.


Canada Steamship Lines Professor of Meteorology,
Director of the Earth System Modelling Group which is part of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Thèmes de recherche

Ocean, Climate and Paleoclimate Dynamics

Climate dynamics (1986): Modelling and analysis of large and intermediate scale atmosphere-ice-ocean circulation and climate variability in the Arctic, analysis and modelling of interannual, decade-to-century and millennial scale variability of the ocean-ice-atmosphere-land climate system; paleoclimate modelling; modelling of long-term geosphere-biosphere interactions and feedbacks; influence of climate variability on fisheries; recent Holocene-climate-architecture interactions.

Leader of Project MOIST (1984-87): Meteorological and Oceanographic Influences on Sockeye Tracks, an interdisciplinary study funded by an NSERC Strategic Grant.

Geophysical fluid dynamics and applied mathematics (1966-85): Ocean and atmospheric waves, stability of geophysical flows, coastal oceanography, remote sensing of the oceans, lake dynamics, oceanic eddy and frontal dynamics, stochastic differential equations, wave propagation in random media, nonlinear wave motions, and wave-wave interactions.

Prix et récompenses

1962 : Rotary Fellowship for International Understanding, held at Adelaide Univ., Australia
1981 : CMOS President's Prize (co-recipient) for 1980
1982 : UBC Killam Memorial Senior Fellowship, held at ETH, Zurich
1997 : JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan
1998 : Patterson Medal (meteorology) for 1997, Atmos. Envir. Service (AES), Env. Canada
1998 : JP Tully Medal (oceanography) for 1997, CMOS
2000 : McGill's David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching
2002 : Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to science, Can. Governors General
2005 : Prix Michel-Jurdant for 2005 (for Environmental Sciences), Acfas (QC)
2006 : Alfred Wegener Medal and Honorary Membership (for oceanography and climate), European Geosciences Union.
2006 : Prix Marie-Victorin (natural sciences), Government of Quebec. This is one of the 11 "Prix du Quebec" awarded annually in all areas of culture and the sciences.


Cochelin, A.-S. B., L. A. Mysak and Z. Wang (2006). Simulation of long-term future climate changes with the Green McGill Paleoclimate Model: The next glacial inception. Climatic Change, accepted December 2005.

Wang, Z. and L.A. Mysak (2006). Glacial abrupt climate changes and Dansgaard-Oeschger oscillations in a coupled climate model. Paleoceanography, accepted December 2005.

Papa, B., L. A. Mysak and Z. Wang (2005). Intermittent ice sheet discharge events in northeastern North America during the last glacial period. Climate Dynamics, 26: 201-216, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-005-0078-4.

Rahmstorf, S., M. Crucifix, A. Ganopolski, H. Goosse, I. Kamenkovich, R. Knutti, G. Lohmann, B. Marsh, L.A. Mysak, Z. Wang, and A. Weaver (2005). Thermohaline circulation hysteresis: a model intercomparison. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L23605, DOI: 10.1029/2005GL023655.

Wang, Y., Lawrence A. Mysak and Nigel T. Roulet (2005). Holocene climate and carbon cycle dynamics: Experiments with the "green" McGill Paleoclimate Model. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 19, GB3022, doi: 10.1029/2005GB002484, 2005.

Petoukhov, V., M. Claussen, A. Berger, M. Crucifix, M. Eby, A. V. Eliseev, T. Fichefet, A. Ganopolski, H. Goosse, I. Kamenkovich, I. Mokhov, M. Montoya, L. A. Mysak, A. Sokolov, P. Stone, Z. Wang and A. Weaver (2005), Climate Dynamics, 25: 363-385, doi: 10.1007/s00382-005-0042-3, 2005.

Wang, Y. and Lawrence A. Mysak (2005). Response of the ocean, climate and terrestrial carbon cycle to Holocene freshwater discharge. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L15705, doi:10.1029/2005GL023344, 2005.

Wang, Z. (2005), Climate Dynamics, 25: 299-314, doi: 10.1007/s00382-005-0033-4, 2005.

Wang, Z., A.-S. B. Cochelin, L. A. Mysak and Y. Wang (2005). Simulation of the last glacial inception with the green McGill Paleoclimate Model. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L12705, doi:10.1029/2005GL023047, 2005.

Wang, Y., Mysak, Z. Wang, Brovkin (2005). The greening of the McGill Paleoclimate Model. Part II: Simulation of natural millennial-scale variability during the Holocene. Climage Dynamics 24: 481-496

Wang, Y., Mysak, Z. Wang, Brovkin (2005). The greening of the McGill Paleoclimate Model. Part I: Improved land surface scheme with vegetation dynamics. Climage Dynamics 24: 469-480

Mysak, Wright, Sedlacek, Eby (2005). Simulation of sea ice and ocean variability in the Arctic during 1955-2002 with an intermediate complexity model. Atmosphere-Ocean 43(1): 101-118

Wang, Hu, Mysak (2004). Reply to the comment on the Paper "A Parameterization of Solar Energy Disposition in the Climate System" (Wang et al. 2004). Atmosphere-Ocean 42(4): 295-296

Wang, Hu, Mysak, Blanchet and Feng (2004), A parameterization of solar energy disposition in the climate system. Atmosphere-Ocean 42(2): 113-125

Armstrong, A.E., L.-B. Tremblay and L.A. Mysak. A data-model intercomparison study of Arctic sea-ice variability. Climate Dynamics, v. 20, 2003, pp. 465-476.

Newbigging, S.C., L.A. Mysak and W.W. Hsieh. Improvements to the Nonlinear Principal Component Analysis method, with applications to ENSO and the QBO. Atmosphere-Ocean, v. 41, 2003, pp. 291-299.

Smith, G.C., L.A. Mysak, Z. Wang and H. Blatter, McGill paleoclimate model ice sheet sensitivity to ice flow rate and discharge parameters. Climate Dynamics, v. 20, 2003, pp. 315-325.

Wang, Z., L.A. Mysak and J.F. McManus, Response of the thermohaline circulation to cold climates. Paleoceanography, v. l7(l), 2002, DOI 10.1029/2000PA000587.

Claussen, M., L.A. Mysak, A.J. Weaver, M. Crucifix, T. Fichefet, M.-F. Loutre, S.L. Weber, J. Alcamo, V.A. Alexeev, A. Berger, R. Calov, A. Ganopolski, H. Goosse, G. Lohmann, F. Lunkeit, I.I. Mokhov, V. Petoukhov, P. Stone, Z. Wang, Earth system models of intermediate complexity: closing the gap in the spectrum of climate system models. Climate Dynamics, v. 18, 2002, pp. 579-586.

Bjornsson, H. and L.A. Mysak, 2001: Present-day and last-glacial-maximum ocean thermohaline circulation in a zonally averaged coupled ocean-sea ice-atmosphere model, J. of Climate, v. 14, pp. 1422-1439.

Bjornsson, H., A.J. Willmott, L.A. Mysak, and M.A. Morales Maqueda, 2001: Polynyas in a high-resolution dynamic-thermodynamic sea ice model and their parameterization using flux models, Tellus, v. 53A, pp. 245-265.

Wang, Z. and L.A. Mysak, 2001: Ice sheet-thermohaline circulation interactions in a climate model of intermediate complexity. Journal of Oceanography, v.57, pp. 481 -494. This paper was awarded the Hidaka Scientific Paper Award 2003 from the Oceanographic Society of Japan.

Royer, T.C., C.E. Grosch and L.A. Mysak, 2001: Interdecadal variability of Northeast Pacific coastal freshwater and its implications on biological productivity. Progress in Oceanography, v. 49, pp. 95-111.

Mysak, L.A., 2001: Patterns of Arctic Circulation, Science, v. 293, pp. 1269-1270. Newbigging, S.C., L.A. Mysak and Z. Wang, 2001: A stabilizing atmospheric feedback to the thermohaline circulation, The Global Atmosphere and Ocean System, v. 7, pp. 347-364.

Arfeuille, G., L.A. Mysak and L-B. Tremblay, 2000: Simulation of the interannual variability of the wind driven Arctic sea ice cover during 1958-1998. Climate Dynamics, v. 16, pp. 107-121. NOTE: This paper was awarded the Third Annual ARCUS Award for Arctic Research Excellence.

Wang, Z. and L.A. Mysak, 2000: A simple coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-land surface model for climate and paleoclimate studies. Journal of Climate, v. 13, pp. 1150-1172.

Venegas, S.A. and L.A. Mysak, 2000: Is there a dominant timescale for natural climate variability in the Arctic? J. of Climate, v. 13, pp. 3412-3434.

Wang, Z. and L.A. Mysak, 2000: Are there interannual-to-decadal scale oscillations associated with sea ice-thermohaline circulation interactions in a simple coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice model? Scientia Meteorological Sinica, v. 20, pp. 413-425.

Mysak, L.A. and Z. Wang, 2000: The McGill Paleoclimate Model (MPM): A new Earth system model of intermediate complexity. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin, v. 28, 2000, pp. 104-109.

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