International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO)

The International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO) supports the Polar Prediction Initiative which is an undertaking by WWRP (World Weather Research Programme) together with PCPI, the Polar Climate Predictability Initiative by WCRP (World Climate Research Programme).

The ICO is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) having entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the WMO

Read more about the tasks and responsibilities of the ICO.


Kirstin Werner (Director)

e-mail: kirstin.werner[at]

During her PhD and postdocs at GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany), the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (Boulder, Colorado, USA), and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (Columbus, Ohio, USA), Kirstin Werner studied high-resolution sediment cores from the eastern Fram Strait in order to understand the variability of heat transfer to the Arctic Ocean and corresponding changes in the sea-ice extent during the past ca 12,000 years. Last year, Kirstin completed her on-the-job master studies in Science Marketing at the Technical University Berlin with a study on internal and external communication in the Polar Prediction Project.

Helge F. Goessling

e-mail: helge.goessling[at]

Helge Goessling is a physicist specialized in climate modelling and polar prediction, with a particular focus on sea ice prediction and verification. Serving as director of the PPP/YOPP coordination office since 2014, he is involved in a broad range of YOPP-related activities, ranging from modelling and forecasting via the polar observing system to user engagement, education, and dissemination.

Jeff Wilson (WMO Consultant)

e-mail: jeffwilson[at] 

Prior to holding his position as Director of the WMO Education and Training Office for nearly nine years until 2016, Jeff Wilson worked as an educator, trainer and Principal of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre for more than 27 years. In addition to his extensive experience in education and training, he worked as a forecaster with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for five years including three summer seasons providing forecasting support for land, sea and air operations in Antarctica. Jeff Wilson started his career as a glaciologist with the Australian Antarctic Division analysing Antarctic ice cores for evidence of climate change and was awarded a Polar Medal for his work in Antarctica in 1977.

Katharina Kirchhoff (Administration)

e-mail: Katharina.Kirchhoff[at]


International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO)
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

AWI main building, Columbusstrasse, Bremerhaven


AWI Building F, Climate Sciences, houses the PPP ICO