You can view and search YOPP endorsed projects, programmes, initiatives or institutions in our online endorsement system and at the YOPP Explorer.

Find YOPP-endorsed projects here.

YOPP endorsement was also available for institutes, organisations or other groups and networks whose activities contributed to the goals of the Year of Polar Prediction.

A list of institutes, organisations, and networks which received institutional YOPP endorsement can be found here.

Read instructions and guidelines for YOPP endorsement here. In order to request YOPP endorsement, you need to register here and create a new project.

YOPP Project Endorsement

The Steering Group of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP) provided endorsement for projects, programmes and initiatives that plan to contributed to the aims of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), as outlined in the YOPP Implementation Plan.

Projects seeking endorsement through YOPP did not necessarily have to already have funding before they applied. In fact being endorsed as a YOPP Project could strengthen the funding application.


YOPP Endorsement:

  • Increased the visibility of the research activities (e.g., listing on our website);
  • Provided an international framework for the research, which could be used to help leverage support and funding;
  • Contributed to improving the coordination between different activities;
  • Enhanced networking and communication.

Blind YOPP Endorsement

A blind YOPP endorsement was also possible. This new mechanism allowed people to request YOPP endorsement for competitive projects for which a funding decision was still outstanding. As for the regular YOPP endorsement, activities that requested blind endorsement received a YOPP endorsement letter. However, in order to treat certain activities more confidentially, they were not be listed on the YOPP-endorsement page until funding was secured. Through the blind YOPP endorsement, it was also possible to preclude particular reviewers.

YOPP Institutional Endorsement

Research institutes and operational forecasting centers whose activities contributed to the success of YOPP were invited to request institutional YOPP endorsement.

Institutional endorsement differed from the hitherto available project endorsement by YOPP as it addressed general contributions to improving polar predictive skill rather than individual academic projects or programmes often sponsored through third party funding. With the institutional endorsement the PPP Steering Group provided the possibility for research consortia such as operational weather forecasting centres and academic institutions to link with the Year of Polar Prediction.

YOPP Endorsement – Guidelines and Instructions


Endorsement were considered if:

  • The project/institution addressed or contributed to the general YOPP objectives as outlined in the YOPP Implementation Plan;
  • The project/institution acknowledged the importance of close coordination of all planned YOPP activities;
  • Open data sharing was an important element of the project/institution and the project/institution data relevant to YOPP were to be made available in alignment with the YOPP data strategy as outlined in the YOPP Summit report (ref. YOPP Data Legacy);
  • There was agreement that a summary of the planned activities of the endorsed projects/programmes/initiatives/institutions (including their logos, if applicable) would be made public through the website of the International Coordination Office (ICO) and other appropriate means;
  • The project researchers/institutional point of contact agreed to support the work of the PPP-SERA subcommittee and would be available for interviews, discussions, survey or email communication should they be contacted by PPP-SERA;
  • There was agreement that points of contact have the obligation to inform the ICO about possible changes to the project/institution.
  • There was agreement that points of contact were expected to
    • inform ICO on publications related to YOPP
    • acknowledge YOPP in future articles by use of the following wording: 'This is a contribution to the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), a flagship activity of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP), initiated by the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).'
    • cite the Jung et al. 2016 (BAMS) paper when applicable: Jung, T., Gordon, N.D., Bauer, P., Bromwich, D.H., Chevallier, M., Day, J.J., Dawson, J., Doblas-Reyes, F., Fairall, C., Goessling, H.F., Holland, M., Inoue, J., Iversen, T., Klebe, S., Lemke, P., Losch, M., Makshtas. A., Mills, B., Nurmi, P., Perovich, D., Reid, P., Renfrew, I.A., Smith, G., Svensson, G., Tolstykh, M., Yang, Q., 2016: Advancing Polar Prediction Capabilities on Daily to Seasonal Time Scales. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00246.1

How to request YOPP endorsement

  • In order to request YOPP endorsement applicants were requested to create an account at the YOPP Endorsement webpage  and fill out the required fields (name and email address). They then received an email to verify their registration.
  • Once they had successfully logged in to the website, they could create a new project and choose between project or institutional endorsement.
  • The requested information included: entering information about the project including a short summary (max. 250 words) and a detailed project description (max. 1000 words) with more details on how the project/institute related to YOPP.
  • The request was then forwarded to members of the PPP steering group (PPP-SG) for assessment.
  • PPP-SG members reviewed the application and notified the ICO within 10 working days of receiving the application.
  • The ICO notified the project leader/institutional point of contact on the decision within four working days of receiving the decision from the reviewing PPP-SG members.

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