Today, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially launched the Year of Polar Prediction duringthe WMO Executive Committee meeting #69 in Geneva, Switzerland. From mid-2017 to mid-2019, scientists and operational forecasting centers from various different countries will work together to observe, model, and improve forecasts of the Arctic and Antarctic weather and climate systems.
This two-year international effort, which aims to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity, will lead to better forecasts of weather and sea-ice conditions to improve future environmental safety at both poles. Improved forecasts in polar regions are also expected to result in better weather prediction at lower latitudes where most people live. The Year of Polar Prediction has been initiated by WMO as a response to rapid polar climate change and related transformation of societal and economic activities at the poles. More information
We have prepared a media kit with various information including infographics, videos, picture material and a "YOPP explorer" where activities during the Year of Polar Prediction are shown on a map etc. The media kit is accessible at http://www.polarprediction.net/yopp-media-kit/
We are looking forward to an exciting initiative to improve polar forecasting.
Thanks so much and best wishes from the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction,
--------------------------------------------- Dr. Kirstin Werner WMO-WWRP-PPP/YOPP International Coordination Office (Project Officer) Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Bussestr. 24 D-27570 Bremerhaven Germany