APECS/YOPP/YESS Session at Arctic Science Summit Week 2021

The Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is organizing together with the Polar Prediction Project’s (PPP) International Coordination Office and the Young Earth System Science (YESS) network a workshop during the business meetings of the Arctic Science Summit Week, this year organized virtually by Portugal.

Organizing committee: Deniz Vural, Isa Elegbede, Yu-Chiao Liang, Gabriel Ibeh, Meghan Helmberger, Julia Garcia-Oteyza, Kirstin Werner, Clare Eayrs

The Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) is organizing together with the Polar Prediction Project’s (PPP) International Coordination Office and the Young Earth System Science (YESS) network a workshop during the business meetings of the Arctic Science Summit Week, this year organized virtually by Portugal.

The workshop is split into three 1.5h sessions over two days (21 and 22 March 2021).
    •    Session 1: “Home Office (Fatigue) and Zoom Networking – COVID-19 and ECRs” Sunday, 21 March 2021 06:00 – 07:30 GMT 

    •    Session 2: “The 4 Essential Cs - Coordination, Communication, Community, and Collaboration” Sunday 21 March 2021 16:00 – 17:30 GMT 

    •    Session 3:  “Predict and Predictability – The Arctic YOPP” The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Monday 22 March 2021 12:00 – 13:30 GMT 

Registration for the workshops is via the business meetings at the ASSW2021 registration page.

Session 1: Home Office (Fatigue) and Zoom Networking – COVID-19 and ECRs

The first session “Home Office (Fatigue) and Zoom Networking – COVID-19 and ECRs” will take place on Sunday, 21 March 2021 06:00 – 07:30 GMT. We will hear about different international and national surveys and experiences that have been carried out to better understand the impact of the pandemic to academia. In a following panel discussion, we invite early career scientists to join us for a discussion on the impacts COVID-19 may have on your scientific work.

Kirstin Werner: YOPP survey “Expected COVID-19 Consequences to Polar Weather and Sea Ice Prediction Research – Early Concerns by the Polar Prediction Community”
In July 2020, the WMO WWRP International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction (ICO) sought to better understand what the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been so far, and what is expected for the months to come. Therefore, a survey was designed to request feedback from the PPP/YOPP community working within the field of weather and sea ice forecasts in the polar regions. Outcomes of this survey show that during this early stage of the pandemic, major concerns included a gap in observations and data collection due to cancelled field work and maintenance. Other worries involved funding opportunities for polar programs that might be endangered in the future as well as networking opportunities –  both could hit hard, in particular, for early career researchers. 

Valentina Rabanal: YESS survey on ECR impacts “Early Career Earth system scientists during COVID-19 crisis: lessons learned from an open survey”
In my presentation, I’ll talk about the report created by the YESS Community, which summarizes the common challenges ECRs are facing and show some recommendations on how to build a supportive environment that facilitates sustainable development for ECRs in the post-pandemic world. This report is the result of a careful analysis of the 197 responses received between April and June 2020. Although the report focuses on ECRs, it is also relevant to the broad scientific community.

Cara Nissen: “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Postdocs at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany)”
In my presentation, I will summarize the main outcomes of a survey conducted in November 2020 by the Postdoc representatives at the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany), which aimed at identifying the difficulties faced by postdocs at the institute as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 65 postdocs who participated in the survey, a substantial fraction reported cancelled expeditions, laboratory work, conferences or other meetings, together worsening their ability to network, discuss research ideas, or share their findings. In my talk, I will highlight how, based on our survey results, the impact of the pandemic varies across the academic age of the postdocs, with recent PhD graduates expressing more worries regarding their future career prospects and experiencing a more severe deterioration of their mental health than experienced postdocs.

Daniela Liggett: “Antarctic research during a pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on the Antarctic scholarly community”
In my short presentation, I will discuss some of the results of an online survey that aimed at understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the Antarctic research community. This survey was undertaken in November and December 2020 and aimed at identifying who the most adversely affected Antarctic researchers were and what kind of additional support they might find most useful. The survey forms part of an interdisciplinary international research programme on the short-term and long-term consequences of a global pandemic on the Antarctic community of practice more broadly.

Shridhar Jawak: “Svalbard science in times of the COVID-19 pandemic: an overview of impacts and responses from SIOS’s perspective”
In this short talk, I will focus on summarizing the impacts of COVID-19 on the Svalbard research community and how we responded to the changing situation. This includes SIOS's survey on assessing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Svalbard science community and the variety of activities developed in response to the changing situation. I will also focus on our upcoming activities to help field campaigns in Svalbard in 2021.

Session 2: The 4 Essential Cs - Coordination, Communication, Community, and Collaboration

In session 2 “The 4 Essential Cs - Coordination, Communication, Community, and Collaboration” scheduled for Sunday 21 March 2021 16:00 – 17:30 GMT, you will learn about the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) and The Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS). International collaboration is crucial these days to carry out polar research. In order to bring researchers together from all over the globe, the above-mentioned communities coordinate and foster international and interdisciplinary studies in terms of related project groups, awareness-raising workshops and many more collaborative activities on both Polar and Alpine regions, and the wider cryosphere via communication with early career researchers. After a presentation on communication with the public, the session will touch upon some of the challenges of bringing the scientific community together. A panel discussion will expand on two short talks on Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic and insights about Indigenous collaboration. The session will conclude by bringing these ideas together by showing what is done across the collaboration and communication spectrum by YOPP’s International Coordination Office.

Zack Labe: "Communicating Arctic climate change through data-driven stories"
In this presentation, I will discuss the power of sharing Arctic climate change information through accessible and engaging data visualizations. In particular, I will focus on using social media (Twitter) as one tool for communicating science to broad audiences.

Anja Sommerfeld (MOSAiC): “MOSAiC - International Coordination and Communication of the Largest Arctic Research Expedition”

MOSAiC was the largest Arctic research expedition of our times and took place from autumn 2019 until autumn 2020. Here, we would like to explain the coordination on an international level, the comprehensive communication strategy to reach a broad audience and introduce the engagement of young scientists.

Marylou Athanase (MOSAiC Ambassador): “A coordinated science communication effort led by the Early Career MOSAiC Ambassadors”
In 2019, 20 early career scientists joined the MOSAiC School onboard the support vessel Akademik Fedorov. As MOSAiC Ambassadors with diverse backgrounds, they constructed a wealth of MOSAiC-related science communication projects. This talk will provide a brief overview of these outreach products and will underline their complementarity, which was instrumental in efficiently reaching a wide variety of audiences.

Katia Kontar (International Global Change Science Lead, U.S. Global Change Research Program): “Understanding Effects of Global Change in the Arctic through Science Diplomacy”
In the Arctic, there is strong evidence of the ongoing impacts of global environmental change on communities and ecosystems. At the same time, the rapid warming of the Arctic has global implications through processes such as glacier retreat, sea ice melt, and interrupted species migration. These vexing problems cannot be effectively addressed by any one discipline, institution, or community. They call for continuous collaboration between diverse knowledge holders, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. Science diplomacy incorporates collaboration across all sorts of borders: country, institutional, cultural, and disciplinary. It promotes transdisciplinary cooperation instead of exploitive and extractive multidisciplinary research, where outsiders come in, complete their work, and then leave, with the areas researched gaining little from the knowledge. 

Kirstin Werner (Director YOPP International Coordination Office): “4Cs to 3Ps – Building a Community for the Polar Prediction Project”
The Polar Prediction Project (PPP) is a ten-year endeavor initiated by the World Meteorological Organization to improve weather and sea-ice predictions in the Arctic and Antarctic. To ensure the success of PPP’s flagship initiative Year of Polar Prediction, the four Cs – communication, coordination, community engagement, and collaboration – have been essential for the International Coordination Office for Polar Prediction to build up a polar prediction community over the past years. Good knowledge on the mechanisms of communication, media and also science marketing can enhance the engagement and motivation by various stakeholder groups to become involved with PPP and YOPP.

Session 3: Predict and Predictability – The Arctic YOPP

The third session “Predict and Predictability – The Arctic YOPP” on Monday 22 March 2021 12:00 – 13:30 GMT offers an overview of some of the key activities associated with the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) efforts and YOPP-endorsed projects in the Arctic and the North Atlantic. Through a series of rapid 5-min talks, the presenters will introduce a variety of YOPP activities, showcase a variety of available meteorological datasets and how to access them. The session will conclude by highlighting ways in which ECRs can contribute to YOPP and PPP.

Thomas Rackow – MOSAiC School: ‘’Lectures on shaky ground - not scientifically of course! (MOSAiC School)”
During this talk, I will briefly introduce the "MOSAiC School" onboard the Russian vessel Akademik Fedorov in the Arctic Ocean and will talk about how 20 international Early Career Scientists engaged in making the school and the setup up of the "Distributed Network" around Polarstern a success.
Irina Sandu: “Prospects for Improving Weather Forecasts and Climate Reanalysis in the Arctic and Beyond”
Irina will show that synergistic investments in observing systems and all components of numerical weather prediction systems (coupled modeling, data assimilation and ensemble prediction techniques and use of observations) are a must in order to improve predictions in the Arctic and beyond.

Gunilla Svensson – YOPPsiteMIP - “YOPPsiteMIP: Year of Polar Prediction site Model Inter-comparison Project”
YOPPsiteMIP is a coordinated process-based model evaluation project. It is based on observatories in polar regions that have a wide range of sensors (sometimes called supersites) and the interest of numerical weather prediction models to figure out how to remedy model issues. The project has defined protocols for the data regarding format, names, etc that are used both by the modelers and observationalists. This means that the modelers are using the best-suited observations in an easy-to access format available at all YOPPsiteMIP observatories.

Øystein Godøy – MET Norway: The YOPP Data Portal and polar data management
YOPP datasets are made discoverable through the YOPP Data Portal at https://yopp.met.no/. It bridges between the operational data exchange in WMO and the scientific community and is based on the data management principles outlined by the joint SAON/IASC Arctic Data Committee.

Jørn Kristiansen and Marvin Kahnert: “Enhancing capabilities of NWP in the Arctic -
Insight into the ALERTNESS project”

We will briefly present the utility of the employed tools and diagnostics that we developed and use towards improving weather prediction in the Arctic. These tools include individual tendency output, the single-column model version of our model HARMONIE-AROME (MUSC), and a tool called DDH, which enables model output every single time step for a specific region of interest. We will also mention the opportunities for early-career scientists within the ALERTNESS project.

Chris Barrell, University of East Anglia: “Studying atmosphere-ocean interaction during the Iceland-Greenland Seas Project 2018 “
Over the Nordic Seas atmospheric forcing causes densification of the surface waters, which sink to form the headwaters of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. To tackle the lack of observations during wintertime and improve scientific understanding in this important region, the Iceland-Greenland Seas Project (IGP) undertook an extensive field campaign during February and March 2018. This presentation will describe the IGP aim to characterise the atmospheric forcing and the ocean response, particularly in and around the MIZ, through coordinated ocean-atmosphere measurements, involving a research vessel, a research aircraft, a meteorological buoy, moorings, sea gliders and floats.

Sebastian Becker, University of Leipzig: “MOSAiC - Airborne observations in the Central Arctic (ACA) - an overview”
The MOSAiC-ACA campaign was conducted in August/September 2020. In total, 7 research flights were carried out over the open Arctic ocean and the marginal sea ice zone around Svalbard. The Polar 5 aircraft owned by Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and  Marine Research (AWI), was equipped with a set of instruments measuring radiation and turbulence profiles as well as characterizing different cloud types;  in situ and remote sensing measurements were taken. This talk will give an overview of the scientific goals of the campaign, the aircraft instrumentation and the purpose of the flights and flight patterns. Selected measurement data will be presented to demonstrate their potential use in future research.

Machiel Lamers - SALIENSEAS Project: “Co-production in the European Arctic weather, water, ice and climate services”
Environmental conditions in the Arctic Ocean are becoming more dynamic due to climate change, while the range of human activities in the European Arctic Ocean is projected to increase. Weather and ice conditions are becoming more extreme and variable, at the same time that specialized environmental forecasting services are increasingly being made available by a growing range of public and commercial providers, to facilitate human safety, community well-being, as well as sustainable operations. The tailoring of these services is increasingly based on the premise of co-production, to suit diverse user needs across the Polar Regions. Research is funded under the condition that co-production with a range of stakeholders and end-users will need to take place. However, there is a limited understanding, both practically and conceptually, of what such co-production initiatives entail in the European Arctic Ocean context, and how co-production processes can be carried out in ways that benefit both user and research communities. In this presentation the opportunities and challenges of co-production will be discussed, building on shared insights on transdisciplinary network building, engagement of and engaging with users, and project management.

Erin Thomas - Nansen LEGACY project: “The Nansen Legacy Project: Lessons From An Arctic Forecasting Perspective”
I will talk about lessons learned from the Nansen Legacy project with a focus on my contribution to the project of developing a coupled Arctic forecasting model. I will talk about the possible connections between these Nansen Legacy activities and other Arctic research groups in YOPP.

Thomas Jung – PPP Steering Group Chair: “Early Career opportunities within the YOPP community”

There is a strong educational component that runs alongside all the great science taking place under the YOPP umbrella. This talk will bring together opportunities for ECRs to engage with the YOPP community, how to make the most of available datasets and resources, and advertise some upcoming education activities.