Supporting international coordinated research efforts in the polar regions that have undergone significant changes in recent years is the goal of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Polar Prediction Project (PPP) within the World Weather Research Programm (WWRP). The mission of the PPP is to

"promote cooperative international research enabling development of improved weather and environmental prediction services for the polar regions, on time scales from hours to seasonal".

The Year of Polar Prediction

YOPP - the Year of Polar Prediction - is one of the flagship activities within PPP. The YOPP core phase (mid-2017 to mid 2019) is approaching. Read more....

A media kit with different items to be downloaded can be found here

The YOPP Infographic

During the Core Phase of the Year of Polar Prediction (mid 2017 – mid 2019), observations will be enhanced in polar regions by means of radiosondes, satellites, buoys, aircraft etc. The obtained data will be used  to improve polar weather and sea ice forecasts to be used by those operating in the high latitudes.

The International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO) and the Alfred Wegener Institute have produced a YOPP infographic illustrating what is going on during the Year of Polar Prediction. See the YOPP infographic in full size here


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The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners are organising the second Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden. See more


Science Workshops

A joint workshop on sea ice modelling, data assimilation and verification will be held from 1–3 November 2017 at the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) in Bergen, Norway.

The workshop builds on a series of previously successful workshops by the IICWG Data Assimilation Working Group to advance international capabilities for automated sea ice analyses and prediction on timescales from hours to season. Read more...

Getting involved

There are many options to get involved with the Year of Polar Prediction. Read more about ways to engage with YOPP here.

Mailing List

polarprediction@climate-cryosphere.org is a mailing list for anyone interested in polar weather and climate prediction and predictability supported by CliC and PPP. To subscribe please send an e-mail to office@polarprediction.net


We support and organize webinars, workshops and other events. The first-ever Polar Prediction School was held in April 2016 at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in northern Sweden. A second Polar Prediction School is currently under planning. Find more information about the YOPP Education Task Team here.


Why, how and by whom was the Polar Prediction Project (PPP) initiated? What are the background and history? Read more....

In the Media

Find newspaper and online media articles about the Year of Polar Prediction here.