Dr. Elizabeth Pattey of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. This is the highest honour the society can bestow for a significant lifetime contribution to agricultural and forest meteorology.
Dr. Pattey is a micrometeorologist working as Research Scientist at AAFC-Ottawa. Her research program supports improvements in the environmental performance of agricultural systems at a national level, in support of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Canada’s Clean Air Act. Her research has focused on improving trace-gas flux measurement techniques to quantify emissions of greenhouse gases (especially N2O) and other airborne contaminants (including particulate matter and ammonia). She has contributed to international efforts of model verification for agricultural sources and sinks of greenhouse gases, and for developing biophysical descriptors and procedures for assimilating remote-sensing data to derive yield estimates and determine site-specific agricultural management practices. Dr. Pattey’s flux measurements and model estimates are shared nationally and internationally. She was an active participant in BOREAS where she was responsible for measuring the fluxes of carbon dioxide, methane and isoprene at the Southern Old Black Spruce site.
Dr. Pattey led the first Canadian Space Agency funded project at AAFC, which also involved university and private sector collaborators, and coordination with AAFC’s remote sensing research activities. These initiatives expanded the application of remote sensing data in agriculture and led to subsequent support from the Canadian Space Agency. She has represented the Department of Agriculture on numerous occasions, including to the Inter-departmental Committee on Space and the Canadian Embassy Science and Technology advisors.
Dr. Pattey is well recognized by the scientific community. She has received several awards and has served as adjunct professor at MacDonald College at McGill University. She has been external examiner on numerous PhD theses in Canada and abroad. She is a member of the editorial board of the international journal of Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. She has an impressive publication record. She has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and she been active in CSAFM and other meteorological societies. Her continued commitment to agricultural meteorology in Canada and her contributions to the development of young scientists are of great value. The CSAFM executive unanimously agreed that Elizabeth’s long-term contributions to the field of micrometeorology in Canada and internationally is worthy of recognition through the “Fellow of CSAFM” award.