The second Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions took place from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden. It has been organized by the EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners.
This school, for early career scientists, included a combination of polar weather and climate lectures with practical exercises on modelling and field meteorology as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem as addressed during the Year of Polar Prediction; and the motivation for combining these was to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather. Amongst others, the young scientists launched radiosondes and hold mini intense observational period. Videos summarizing the work of the students will be made available on the APECS and APPLICATE websites.
The Polar Prediction School 2018 has been attended by 29 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international set of 13 instructors was teaching the sessions. As during the first Polar Prediction School in 2016, classes were held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station, in Sweden, where the instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations.
Delivering on the goals of the WWRP Polar Prediction Project will require innovative international polar research. It will be crucial for the success of the project, therefore, that early career and next generation scientists with interest in polar prediction be stimulated and educated.
The PPP will provide many early career scientists (postgraduate students and postdocs) with the opportunity to actively participate in an event that is expected to significantly advance polar research in general, and polar prediction in particular. In order to provide interested students with the necessary background, it is planned to hold at least two YOPP summer schools, coordinated with APECS. One will be during the YOPP Preparation Phase, and the other in 2018.
Potential topics for the summer schools include:
- Coupled data assimilation with emphasis on the cryosphere;
- Coupled environmental prediction for polar regions;
- Specialised sessions on particular aspects – e.g., mixed-phase clouds, meso-scale features, polar boundary layers;
- Sea ice prediction and user needs (involving operational centres);
- Exploring the limits of resolution of sea-ice models and the coupling interface.
APECS has been involved in the planning and organisation of a number of field schools over previous years, such as the IPY field schools, three of which have been conducted since 2007 (hosted at UNIS, Svalbard).
PPP & APECS are planning a short series of webinars in series with the summer schools to provide prerequisite knowledge and a follow-up forum for researchers.
During the PPP a number of scientific workshops will be organised. During these, early career scientists will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their research. In addition, general career development of early career polar prediction researchers will be achieved through workshops, networking events and mentor panels which could be attached to major international conferences (such as AMS and EMS).
PPP & APECS are planning a series of short videos about research (i.e., Frostbytes – see http://www.youtube.com/user/apecsis ) - for an outreach component. This will act both as a tool for dissemination of PPP scientific findings and to provide science communication training to those who produce them.
Steering Group Liasion Member
Dr. Jonathan Day, Reading