The Polar Prediction Project (PPP) is a 10-year (2013–2022) endeavour of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) with the aim of promoting 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) is the flagship activity of PPP with the aim of enabling a significant improvement in environmental prediction capabilities for the polar regions and beyond, by coordinating a period of intensive observing, modelling, verification, user-engagement and education activities.

The Year of Polar Prediction is composed of three phases with the core phase taking place during the period May 2017 to June 2019.

A short video introducing YOPP can be found here.


This Time a Guest – The IcePod with Kirstin Werner, Former Head of PPP's Coordination Office

23 February 2022

What do Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev have to do with the Polar Prediction Project? In the very last episode of The IcePod, things get turned upside down. When Kirstin Werner, former head of the PPP Coordination Office, moved on last fall, someone got the idea to grill her about her work with the Polar Prediction community before she left. Here, Kirstin talks about her experiences with the Year of Polar Prediction, but also gives insights into her background in Arctic research, her previous work as a journalist, and takes us back to that moment in her childhood when she saw Ronald Reagan and Michael Gorbatshev on TV and realized that Iceland might be an interesting spot for her to explore...

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The PPP Steering Group (PPP-SG)

The planning and implementation of PPP and YOPP is overseen by a Steering Group (PPP-SG) of international experts (find more information on the Steering Group here).

The Steering Group is supported by the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO), which is hosted at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO)

The PPP Steering Group is supported by the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction, which is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in the context of a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Meteorological Organization.

Read more about the ICO.

YOPP Data Portal

The YOPP Data Portal at yopp.met.no harvests data sets generated as part of the Year of Polar Prediction from various data archives making them visible through the portal.

PolarPrediction Mailing List

Our PolarPrediction Mailing List (polarprediction@climate-cryosphere.org) is a mailing list for anyone interested in polar weather and climate predictability and prediction. The list is maintained by CliC and PPP. Subscriber can send anything relevant – including, but not limited to, upcoming events, recent papers, questions, ideas, etc. To subscribe/unsubscribe, please send an e-mail indicating your current affiliation to office@polarprediction.net.

For information on the PolarPrediction mailing list and on the other mailing lists that we host can be found here.

The YOPP Final Summit 1–4 May 2022 in Montreal, Canada


New Dates: Monday, August 29 - Thursday, September 1 2022


The IcePod (Season Two) – the Podcast about Polar Science and the People

We Have to Move with the Weather – The IcePod with Karin Strand


Polar Prediction Matters - Foster Dialogue between Providers and Users of Polar Forecasts


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