Polar Prediction Project Societal and Economic Research Application (PPP-SERA)


The PPP Societal and Economic Research and Applications (SERA) task team contributes social sciences expertise and operational know-how to the Polar Prediction Project. The PPP-SERA task team’s research focuses to the needs for, and the use of, environmental information, which includes the study of decision-making processes by a diverse range of actors in the Polar Regions. Furthermore, PPP-SERA team members and contributors intend to examine pathways, methods and challenges in relation to how  polar weather, water, ice and climate (WWIC) information is communicated between providers and users. Hereby, the PPP-SERA task team complements the observation and modelling efforts of YOPP and aims at improving our understanding of user and provider needs, perspectives, values and behaviour.


The PPP-SERA task team aims to undertake a thorough assessment of the state of knowledge in relation to the use of weather, water, ice and climate (WWIC) information in the Polar Regions, outlining important gaps in our knowledge and calling for action to address these gaps.

The PPP-SERA task team intends to run a series of Weather and Society workshops with the goal of stimulating dialogue between environmental forecasters, researchers and end-users, understanding the role and relevance of WWIC services in decision-making of diverse end-user groups operating in the Polar Regions, and engaging users and providers regarding on how best to tailor and co-produce WWIC services. 

Members and Contact


Organization and Address

Jorge Carrasco

Associate Researcher

Universidad de Magallanes

Bulnes 01855, Punta Arenas, Chile

+56 99 534 5150


Julia Chasco (WMO SERA representative)

Head of Meteorology and Society Department

Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de Argentina

Av. Dorrego 4019, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

+54(011)5167-6767 (int) 18819


Jackie Dawson

Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy &

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography, University of Ottawa

60 University Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

+1 613 562-5800 ext. 1051


Anders Doksaeter Sivle


Norwegian Meteorological Service

Allégaten 70

Postboks 7800

5020 Bergen, Norway

+47 55236611


Victoria Heinrich

PhD Candidate

School of Psychological Sciences

College of Health and Medicine

University of Tasmania

Private Bag 30

Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7005


Jelmer Jeuring


Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Allégaten 70

5007 Bergen, Norway

+47 94018709


Machiel Lamers (co-chair)

Associate Professor

Wageningen University

Hollandseweg 1

6706KN Wageningen, The Netherlands

+31 (0)317484274


Daniela Liggett (co-chair)

Senior Lecturer

University of Canterbury & Gateway Antarctica

Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8020, New Zealand

+64 3 364 2987 ext. 6367


Gita Ljubicic

Associate Professor

School of Geography & Earth Sciences

McMaster University

1280 Main Street

West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1

+1 (905) 525-9140 ext. 23517


Emma Stewart

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society & Design

Lincoln University

Lincoln 7647, Canterbury, New Zealand

+64 3 423 0500


Rick Thoman

Climate Specialist

Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

University of Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska

+1 (907) 474-2415


Thomas Viguier

Arctic Researcher

Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN)

Borgum, 600 Akureyri, Iceland


Kirstin Werner

(ICO representative)

WMO-WWRP-PPP International Coordination Office

Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI)

Bussestrasse 24, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany

+49 471 4831-2906


Yulia Zaika

Research Assistant

The Faculty of Geography Lomonosov

Moscow State University

ul.Zheleznodorozhnaya 6-46

184250 Kirovsk






Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Fersman str., 14

Apatity, 184209

Murmanks region, Russia


PPP-SERA Mailing List

To facilitate communication within the PPP-SEAR community, a mailing list has been set up. News that are relevant to the PPP-SERA community will be spread via ppp-sera-community@listserv.dfn.de. To subscribe/unsubscribe, please send an e-mail to office@polarprediction.net.

The PPP-SERA task team can be contacted at ppp-sera-group@listserv.dfn.de.