Planning for the Year of Polar Prediction

Planning for the Year of Polar Prediction

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16 September 2016

Observational and modelling experts from 18 different nations met from September 5–9 at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK, to continue the planning of the core phase of the Year of Polar Prediction.

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) has been initiated by World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) as one of the flagship activities of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP). The core phase during the Year of Polar Prediction covers two years from mid 2017 to mid 2019. By coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities, this international initiative will enable a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond. The Year of Polar Prediction will contribute to the knowledge base needed to managing the opportunities and risks associated with Arctic climate change.

From September 5 to 9, 75 international invitees from operational centers, research institutes, universities, and other relevant initiatives convened at ECMWF in order to prepare for the core phase of the Year of Polar Prediction. The meetings’ participants discussed numerous national and international efforts providing additional observations in the Arctic (September 5-7, 2016) and performing numerical experimentation (September 7-9, 2016) towards a concerted YOPP effort that effectively combines observation and modelling. 

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