Polar Prediction Project Steering Group (PPP-SG)




  • Peter Bauer, Reading, UK
  • Irina Sandu, Reading, UK
  • Matthieu Chevallier, Toulouse, France
  • Jackie Dawson, Ottawa, Canada
  • Francisco Javier Doblas-Reyes, Barcelona, Spain
  • Christopher Fairall, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Marika Holland, Boulder, USA
  • Trond Iversen, Norway
  • Peter Lemke, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Aleksander Makshtas, Russia
  • Brian Mills, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Pertti Nurmi, Helsinki, Finland
  • Gregory Smith, Dorval, Québec, Canada
  • Mikhail Tolstykh, Moscow, Russian Federation


  • Helge Goessling, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Kirstin Werner, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • WMO Consultant Jeff Wilson, Anglesea Victoria, Australia
  • Katharina Kirchhoff, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Ke Li, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Nadine Hillenbrand, Bremerhaven, Germany

Chair of PPP Steering Group

Thomas Jung is head of the Climate Dynamics section at the Alfred Wegener Institute and full professor for physics of the climate system at the University of Bremen. His research interests encompass the analysis, modelling and prediction of weather and climate from a polar perspective. Thomas Jung is the chair of the Polar Prediction Project. He co-leads the YOPP Data Task Team. He is also strongly involved in YOPP modelling activities and the planning of the YOPP satellite component.

Mail: Thomas.Jung(at)awi.de
+49 471-4831 1761

Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
Bussestraße 24
27570 Bremerhaven

PPP Steering Group

Eric Bazile is a senior scientist in the Modelling Group for the Numerical Weather Prediction at Météo France. His main interest is the development of the physical parametrization for the boundary layer and surface, with a focus on the stable boundary layer. Eric leads the GEWEX/GASS project GABLS4 to study the strong stable boundary layer on the Antarctic Plateau at Dome-C. He and his colleagues are strongly engaged in the YOPP Southern Hemisphere Task Team and in various YOPP modelling activities.

Mail:  eric.bazile (at) meteo.fr
  +33 5 61078468

Météo-France/CNRS CNRM/UMR3589

42 av G. Coriolis  

David Bromwich leads the Polar Meteorology Group at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. As an Antarctic and Arctic meteorologist, he joined the PPP Steering Group in particular to strengthen the Southern Hemisphere parts of the project. He plays a leading role in the Arctic System Reanalysis (ASR) and the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS) and is a PI of the YOPP-endorsed AWARE project. David Bromwich leads the YOPP Southern Hemisphere Task Team and is strongly involved with the YOPP Modelling Activities Task Team.

Mail:  bromwich.1(at)osu.edu
  + 1 614-292-6692

The Ohio State University
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Polar Meteorology Group
Scott Hall

1090 Carmack Road
Columbus OH, 43210

Barbara Casati is a research scientist working for Environmental and Climate Change Canada. She brings her strong expertise in forecast verification into the PPP Steering Group. In polar regions, verification poses particular challenges that will be addressed within YOPP. Barbara Casati leads the YOPP Verification Task Team and strongly contributes to the YOPP Data Task Team.

Mail:  barbara.casati(at)canada.ca
   +1 514-421 4747

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Atmospheric Numercial Weather Prediction Research

2121, route Transcanadienne
H9P 1J3 Dorval, Quebec

Jonny Day is an AXA Research Fellow at the Department of Meteorology in Reading. His research focusses on understanding and predicting climate variability and change in the polar regions, including the response of Arctic extreme weather to climate change. Jonny contributes to the Education activities of the YOPP Task Team on Communication, Outreach and Education

Mail:  jonathan.day@ecmwf.int
Phone: +44 118-949 9122

Shinfield Park

Clare Eayrs is a long-time marine ecosystem modeller and currently an ocean-ice research scientist, with focus on Antarctic sea ice, working at the Center for Global Sea Level Change, New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. With her experience at APECS and the education of next generations of scientists, Clare leads the Education part of the YOPP Communication Outreach and Education Task Team. Her overall expertise as climate scientist as well as experiences as science educator will strongly contribute to the PPP-SG.

Mail:  clare.eayrs (at) nyu.edu
  +971 508112853

New York University Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Robert Grumbine is a polar oceanographer working for NOAA/ National Weather Service, Environmental Modeling Center. He works on both observing and modeling of the oceans and sea ice, for both the Arctic and Antarctic. And includes inland waters like the Great Lakes in his work. In addition to the WMO PPP/YOPP project, he is the US lead for the WMO Data Quality Monitoring System Task Team.

Mail: Robert.Grumbine(at)noaa.gov
Phone: +1 301-683 3747

National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction

W/NP 21
5830 University Research Court
College Park, MD 20740

Jun Inoue is an Associate Professor in the Arctic Environment Research Center at the Japan National Institute of Polar Research. His research interest encompasses the interactions between air, ice and the sea in the polar oceans. He has been working on the predictability studies using radiosonde observations and data assimilation technique.

Mail:  inoue.jun(at)nipr.ac.jp
  +81 425-120 647

National Institute of Polar Research
Arctic Environment Research Center

10-3, Midori-cho
Tokyo 190-8518

Siri Jodha S. Khalsa has spent two decades performing science evaluation and algorithm support for data products from NASA’s Earth observing system. As a physicist, he has worked with optical and microwave satellite remote sensing for observing the cryosphere. He is also an expert in distributed data management and interoperability of geospatial information systems. Siri Jodha is part of the Research Faculty at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States, and is on the staff of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). As a member of the PPP Steering Group and the YOPP Data Task Team, Siri Jodha brings in the expertise needed for establishing the YOPP Data Portal serving as a collecting point to access extra observations that are carried out during the Year of Polar Prediction. 

Mail: sjsk@nsidc.org
Phone: +1 303-492 1445

National Snow & Ice Data Center

University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0449

Jørn Kristiansen is Director of Development Centre for Weather Forecasting at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway). He is involved in the development and operational running of the high-resolution forecast model Arome-Arctic. This includes the optimization of observational data usage in polar areas, improvements in the representation of physics, as well as novel post-processing of the model output. Future work will involve investigation of dynamical and physical processes within a coupled model system. Being in charge of the web portal yr.no, Jørn has an end-to-end responsibility for the operational MET Norway weather forecasts.

Mail: jorn.kristiansen(at)met.no
Phone: +47 22-96 3347

Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Development Centre for Weather Forecasting

Postboks 43 Blindern
0313 Oslo

Machiel Lamers is Associate Professor in Environmental Policy at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He coordinates the Environmental Mobilities theme in his chair group and is interested in the role of environmental information in governing mobility systems and the relation between tourism and nature conservation. Machiel is one of the co-chairs of the PPP Task Team Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA).

Mail: machiel.lamers(at)wur.nl
+ 31 317-48 4274

Wageningen University
Department of Social Sciences

PO Box 8130
6700EW Wageningen

Daniela Liggett is strengthening the socio-economic component of PPP and YOPP. Both are part of the PPP subcommittee on Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA). Daniela Liggett is a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, focussing on environmental management and tourism regulation in polar environments. Together with Jackie Dawson and Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett leads the PPP Task Team Societal and Economic Research and Applications (PPP-SERA).

Mail:  daniela.liggett(at)canterbury.ac.nz
   +64 3-364 2367

University of Canterbury
Gateway Antarctica

Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Steffen M. Olsen is a lead scientist in coupled model systems and oceanography at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Regionally focussed on the North Atlantic and Arctic, his expertise includes modelling of thermohaline processes and climate predictability studies. Steffen coordinates the new Arctic Horizon 2020 program Blue-Action and is involved in several YOPP-relevant EU-FP7 projects.

Mail:  smo(at)dmi.dk
   +45 3-915 72 17

Danish Meteorological Institute

Lyngbyvej 100
DK-2100 Copenhagen

Donald Perovich is a sea ice geophysicist working on the interaction of sunlight with ice and snow in the Arctic system and how it relates to climate change. Donald Perovich is involved in the YOPP buoy activities.

Mail:  donald.k.perovich(at)dartmouth.edu
  +1 603-646 42 55

Engineer Research and Development Center
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (ERDC-CRREL)
Cryosphere and Terrestrial Sciences Branch

72 Lyme Road
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA


Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College

Hannover H 03755, USA

Phil Reid works at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. He is a modeller and climate analyst investigating the variability of weather and climate features in the higher southern latitudes. 

Mail:   phillip.reid(at)bom.gov.au
   +61 3-62212033

Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology
Research and Development

GPO Box 727
Hobart Tas

Ian Renfrew investigates dynamical and physical processes with the coupled climate system. In particular, he studies Arctic and North Atlantic mesoscale dynamical and boundary-layer meteorology. Ian Renfrew is involved in YOPP activities related to Airborne Platforms.

Mail: i.renfrew(at)uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 1603-592 557

University of East Anglia
School of Environmental Sciences
Norwich Research Park


Vasily Smolyanitsky is the head of the laboratory of sea ice climate manuals, at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His expertise includes sea-ice and iceberg climatology, sea-ice information systems, and operational services. Vasily Smolyanitsky chairs the WMO/IOC JCOMM Expert Group on Sea Ice (ETSI) and is the national coordinator of the WMO GCW CryoNet and APRCC-network RA-II node currently under implementation.

Mail: vms(at)aari.aq
Phone: +7 812 337-3149

Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI)

38 Bering str., St. Petersburg
Russian Federation, 199397

Qizhen Sun is an Associate Professor at the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) of China. His research interests include polar weather and climate, especially the katabatic winds and cyclones in the Antarctic. Qizhen is also responsible for the operational weather forecasts to the Chinese National Antarctic & Arctic Research Expedition (CHINARE). Current contributions to the PPP include his participation in the Verification Task Team.

Mail: sunqizhen (at) nmefc.cn
Phone: +86 10 62105771

National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC)

Dahuisi 8, Haidian
Beijing 100081

Gunilla Svensson’s research interest ranges from atmospheric boundary-layer turbulence and clouds to the global scale circulation. She develops and applies numerical models for small-scale atmospheric processes and study these processes effect on the general circulation. Gunilla Svensson is involved in YOPP activities on Modelling and Education.

Mail:  gunilla(at)misu.su.se
   +46 8-164 337

Stockholm University
Department of Meteorology

SE-106 91 Stockholm

Taneil Uttal is a supervisory meteorologist and leads the Polar Observations and Processes group in the Physical Science Division of the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory. Her research is based on direct observations from the surface of all components of the Arctic system including surface energy budgets, aerosols and clouds. She was the originator of the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA - www.iasoa.org).  This consortium of Arctic Observatories around the Arctic Ocean comprise the YOPP supersites and the IASOA consortium is coordinating observing assets and expertise to support the verification goals of YOPP.

Mail: taneil.uttal(at)noaa.gov
Phone: + 1 303-497-6409

Polar Oberservations and Processes (Team Lead)
Earth Systems Research Laboratory

325 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80305

Qinghua Yang is a professor at the School of Atmospheric Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University and Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai). He mainly works on the sea ice observations, data assimilation and numerical prediction in the Arctic and Antarctic. 

Mail: yangqh25@mail.sysu.edu.cn
Phone: +86 7563-6682-54

Room 102, Red House No. 3
Zhuhai Campus, Sun Yat-sen University
Tangjiawan, Xiangzhou District
Zhuhai, Guangdong 519082