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QJ 150th Anniversary

31 July 2023

The Royal Meteorological Society is proud to be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Quarterly Journal.

The first issue of QJ was published in 1873 at a time when meteorological science was growing rapidly in scope and importance and is one of the first atmospheric science journals to be established.

In light of this significant anniversary, we have coordinated a number of celebratory activities, details of which can be found below. 


Digital Timeline celebrating 150 years since the first issue of QJ 

With support from volunteers, we have created a digital timeline for QJ which includes 21 papers selected by former and current Editors in Chief of the journal (see QJ@150 Anniversary virtual collection below), over 60 papers chosen by the RMetS History Special Interest Group, key RMetS milestones, and information on past QJ Editors in Chief. All papers included in the timeline are free to access.  

Access the digital timeline


QJ@150 Anniversary virtual collection 

The QJ@150 Anniversary virtual collection has been collated to highlight some of the milestone papers from the journal over its history. All papers have been nominated by former and current Editors-in-Chief of the journal which we hope will give a flavour of the important contributions the journal has made over its 150 years to advancing the field of meteorology, atmospheric science and related disciplines. The collection contains an editorial which explains why these papers have been chosen for this special collection. 

Papers span key advances in atmospheric science, reflecting the wide range of topics covered and covering theoretical developments, observational breakthroughs and numerical modelling studies. Some papers will be exceedingly well known by atmospheric scientists, others perhaps less so, but they have all made an important contribution in their field. 

Access the virtual collection here


Event: RMetS Quarterly Journal: Celebrating 150 Years 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about our commemorative event ‘RMetS Quarterly Journal: Celebrating 150 Years’ at Imperial College, London on Wednesday 13 September 2023. 

The programme will feature talks that have been specifically chosen to reflect the best papers submitted to QJ over the years, including looking back over past progress, and forward to challenges of the future. 

Access the event programme and register here