Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 – Call for Abstracts now open

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (PPW 2017) and the 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting (2nd SIMIP Meeting) will be held at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum in Bremerhaven, Germany from 27th to 30th March 2017. Both events are jointly organized by the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative (WCRP-PCPI), the Polar Prediction Project (WWRP-PPP), the Sea Ice Prediction Network (SIPN), and the Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project (SIMIP).

The Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 (March, 27th morning - March, 29th noon) will start with the public Alfred Wegener Lecture entitled „A Decade of Sea Ice Prediction“ given by Cecilia Bitz (Atmospheric Science Department, University of Washington).

The focus of the subsequent Polar Prediction Workshop is on environmental prediction in the polar regions on subseasonal to interannual timescales, thereby helping to build a "seamless“ polar prediction community. The SIMIP workshop following from March, 29th noon to March, 30th noon is devoted to discussions about the sea ice simulations from the upcoming CMIP6 experiments (SIMIP). For more information see here.

For any questions, please contact the PPP International Coordination Office at

YOPP Special Session at the 9th International Congress on Arctic Social Science (ICASS IX)

The Societal and Economic Research and Applications (SERA) sub-committee of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP) will hold a special session at the upcoming ICASS (International Congress on Arctic Social Science) conference. ICASS IX takes place from June 8 - 12, 2017 in Umeå, Sweden.

The session entitled Exploring the user-producer interface of weather and sea ice information in support of Arctic marine mobilities: defining social and interdisciplinary science contributions to the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) will explore the complexities of actors, information needs, information systems and infrastructures, funding structures, data management approaches, and applications of weather and sea ice prediction services in the polar regions. For more information see on the workshop website and here.

Abstract submission:
The deadline for abstract submissions is December 16. Please visit the conference website to submit your abstract. Under the “Themes, Sessions, & Submission” tab, click on "Theme 17 - Research Methodologies”. Click the green “Submit” button, and then select session 17.15 to be included in the YOPP session.

For any questions, please contact Gita ( or Machiel (

Session Organizers:
Dr. Gita Ljubicic (Carleton University), Dr. Machiel Lamers (Wageningen University), Dr. Jackie Dawson (University of Ottawa), Dr. Maaike Knol (University of Tromsø)

Polar Predictability Workshop 2016

04-06 May 2016, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York

The Polar Predictability Workshop 2016, co-organized and co-sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Sea Ice Prediction Network, the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative, and the Polar Prediction Project, will be held 4-6 May in Palisades, New York. Read more, submit an abstract, and/or register on the workshop page.

Sea Ice Verification Workshop (Frascati, Italy)

05-07 April 2016, at ESA(ESRIN), Frascati, Italy

YOPP-UK (Exeter, UK)

09-10 November 2015, at Met Office, Exeter, UK

UK scientists met to discuss the UK's contribution to the Year of Polar Prediction. The workshop was organised by Ed Blockley, Chawn Harlow, and Ian Renfrew. Read the meeting report here.

Session Polar Climate Predictability and Prediction

12 – 17 April 2015, Vienna, Austria
General Assembly 2015
European Geophysical Union
Co-convener: Matthieu Chevallier, PPP Steering group member



ICSHMO Santiago, Chile

05-09 October 2015, Santiago, Chile
11th Session of the International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography
PPP & YOPP respresented by Neil D. Gordon, Otaki, New Zealand
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Dynamics of Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean Interactions in the High-Latitudes

23-27 March, 2015, Rosendal, Norway (near Bergen)               
co-sponsored by PPP

Societal and economics application research (SERA) workshop

12-13 March 2015, Ottawa, Canada.
The outcomes of the first PPP-SERA workshop are available here.

Workshop on polar-lower latitude linkages

10-12 December 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
A workshop dedicated to the polar-lower latitude linkages and their role in weather and climate prediction. Read more...

SG-4 PPP Science Workshop

2 October 2013, Boulder, CO, US.
A science workshop was held in conjunction with the 4th Steering Group Meeting. Presentations download:

ECMWF/THORPEX workhop on polar prediction

24-27 June 2013, at ECMWF, Reading, UK
About 40 polar experts from all parts of the world met at ECMWF, Reading, to discuss a broad spectrum of research topics in plenary sessions and break-out groups.

Programme download

Working groups report download