2016 News

New version of the Year of Polar Prediction Implementation Plan released

30 August 2016:

YOPP logoThe revised version of the Implementation Plan for the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) has just been released through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The new Implementation Plan (version 2.0) includes a number of changes that reflect important recent developments, in particular outcomes and decisions made at the YOPP Summit held last year in Geneva. Among the most significant changes are (i) a revised description of how the social component of YOPP will be implemented, (ii) an updated description of the coordination between YOPP and the international Arctic research initiative MOSAiC, (iii) a new section describing the YOPP endorsement process, and (iv) additional information on special and intensive observing periods during the Year of Polar Prediction.

The Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) is a major international activity that has been initiated by the World Meteorological Organization’s World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) as a key component of the Polar Prediction Project (PPP). During the Year of Polar Prediction, scientists from various Arctic and Antarctic research fields work together with operational forecasting centres and people who rely on weather and sea-ice predictions in their everyday life. The SCAR Physical Sciences Group is helping to organise the Southern Hemisphere portion of this activity.

The Year of Polar Prediction initiative starts in mid-2017 with the goal to substantially improve environmental forecasts in polar regions.