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12 BAMOS Dec 2017 News Council for those periods that he was Perth Centre Chair. He was Chair of the Organising Committee for the only AMOS Annual Conference held in Perth. He has been a member of the AMOS Awards Committee for some 13 years. He also chairs one of the four Awards Selection Sub-Committees. Mervyn has been the principal supervisor for 35 completed PhD and MSc students, co-supervisor for many more, and undergraduate supervisor for some 70 students working on remote sensing projects. Dr Blair Trewin Blair Trewin. Image: Bureau of Meteorology. Blair developed the Bureau’s homogenised (ie quality controlled and bias corrected) long-term Australian temperature dataset known as the “Australian Climate Observational Research Network – Surface Air Temperature” (ACORN- SAT). He has also made substantial contributions to other homogenised datasets including the high-quality Australian evaporation, cloudiness, and tropical cyclone datasets, and the rainfall (ACORN-Rain) dataset which is currently in development. These data collectively form the basis for much of our understanding of long-term climate variability and change over Australia. He also produced a compendium of national and state rainfall and temperature records for Australia, which became the official Bureau list of extremes. Internationally he is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’s Task Team on Homogenization, and a former member of the Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices (2006–2014) and Task Team on Definitions of Extreme Weather and Climate Events. He was a lead author of several WMO Annual Climate Reports and the lead author of the 2016 WMO Report on the Climate of the previous five years. Blair is arguably Australia’s most prominent public climate commentator of the past decade. He has published more than 20 articles in The Conversation, and typically conducts in excess of 100 media interviews a year. Blair has dedicated countless hours t owards AMOS, as AMOS president (2012– 2014) and honorary treasurer (2002–2007), and contributes the long series of “Charts from the Past” for the AMOS Bulletin (see page 39). He was the editor of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal from 2006–2016.