The WMO World Weather Research Programme’s Polar Prediction Project aims to advance the science in numerical models, data acquisition and assimilation, ensemble forecast methods, verification, and the production of prediction products – all with a polar emphasis.
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Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) has been closely monitoring a summer of extreme wildfires across the Northern Hemisphere, including intense hotspots around the Mediterranean basin and in North America and Siberia. The intense fires led to new records in the CAMS dataset with the months of July and August seeing their highest global carbon emissions respectively.
The 2021 Boreal wildfire season in the Northern Hemisphere is heating up, with a large and increasing number of intense fires; most notably across northeastern Russia, western Canada and the western United States.
Above normal air and sea-surface temperatures are expected over the majority of the Arctic regions in June, July, and August 2021. Lower to near normal ice cover is the predominant forecast while early to near normal break-up of sea ice is expected for most regions. This is according to a new seasonal climate outlook produced by the Arctic Climate Forum.
On May 20-21, 2021, the North Eurasian Climate Center, which was founded on the basis of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia under the auspices of the National Research Institutes of Roshydromet and the meteorological services of the CIS countries, hosted the 20th Anniversary Session of the North Eurasian Climate Forum (NEACOF-20) in the form of a video conference. Among the participants were representatives of the WMO Secretariat, experts of Beijing Climate Center, Tokyo Climate Center of JMA, Pune Climate Center, Meteo-France, Regional Climate Center of RAVI network, specialists from meteorological services and research centers from Bulgaria, Turkey, and the CIS countries, along with scientists, teachers, graduate students and students of higher educational institutions who specialize in meteorology and climatology, as well as other interested persons. Ninety-five participants had been registered in total.
New observations show that the increase in Arctic average surface temperature between 1979 and 2019 was three times higher than the global average during this period – higher than previously reported - according to the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP).