Improving Polar Weather and Sea Ice Forecasts
Predictive skill is lagging behind in polar regions. And what happens at the poles affects the entire globe. That is why the World Meteorological Organization and partners have launched the Year of Polar Prediction to advance polar prediction capabilities. During Special Observing Periods between mid-2017 and mid-2019, the polar observing gaps will be filled. Researchers and forecasting centres worldwide will analyze the unique data with the goal to better predict, navigate and protect the pristine polar environment and its inhabitants.
A Warming Arctic – Launching a Weather Balloon
To understand the Arctic climate it is essential to monitor its changes over a long time. A balloon-borne radiosonde measures air temperature, air pressure, humidity and wind up to 30 km height. During ascent, the data are transmitted to the ground station every two seconds.
View a Weather balloon launch at German Antarctic research station Neumayer III (in German)