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The EU Horizon 2020-funded APPLICATE project, in cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization’s Polar Prediction Project (PPP) in occasion of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and other partners will be organizing the Polar Prediction School 2018 on weather and climate prediction in the polar regions from 17 - 27 April 2018 at Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden.

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The course will cover topics including chaotic systems and predictability, polar boundary layer processes, polar clouds, sea ice and high latitude ocean processes, polar extreme weather and polar-mid-latitude linkages. It will include a combination of polar weather and climate theory lectures with exercises on modelling and field meteorology techniques as well as soft skill training. Each of these components forms a crucial pillar of the prediction problem, and the motivation for combining these is to provide participants with a complete overview of the components required to understand and predict polar weather.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will be open for 30 early career researchers (focus on advanced graduate students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) from around the world. An international group of instructors will be teaching the sessions and the course will be run at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden, where  instructional facilities are conveniently located in an environment well suited to Arctic observations. Here participants can begin to develop a sense for the environment they are studying.

The Polar Prediction School 2018 is modelled after the Polar Prediction School 2016, a summary of which you can read here

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Application

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Applications for the Polar Prediction School 2018 are now closed. Limited financial support to cover the costs of travel and registration have kindly been provided by our sponsors and will be distributed to accepted participants who indicated they required support.

 

Registration fees for the school will be approximately 700 Euros. This includes all accommodation, food, and other  costs at the station. Travel to the station is not included in the registration fee. 

Program

 

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12:30

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14:30

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21:30

17 Apr Arrival Dinner Orientation + Weather Briefing
18 Apr

Break

fast

Thomas Jung: 

Intro to polar weather + Chaos and predictability

Ian Brooks: 

Measuring the Polar Atmosphere

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Ian Brooks:

Practical

Ian Brooks: 

Practical

Coffee

Ian Brooks: 

Practical

Dinner Weather briefing + Science Communication I
19 Apr

Break

fast

Erik Kolstad: 

Polar Lows

Erik Kolstad:

Polar low practical

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Erik Kolstad: 

Discussion of morning practical

Matthieu Chevallier: 

Polar Ocean forecasting

Coffee

Matthieu Chevallier: 

Sea ice modelling

Dinner Weather Briefing
20 Apr

Break

fast

Jonny Day: 

Sea ice prediction and predictability

Jonny Day: 

Sea ice prediction practical

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Jonny Day: 

Discussion + Short lecture on cyclones and sea ice predictability limits

Linus Magnusson: 

Data assimilation & Reanalysis

Coffee

Linus Magnusson: 

DA practical

Dinner Weather briefing + Science Communication 2
21 Apr

Break

fast

Linus Magnusson: 

DA practical cont.

Linus Magnusson: 

Verification in the polar regions + practical

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Linus Magnusson: 

Verification practical cont.

Science writing / abstract workshop Coffee Science writing / abstract workshop / Sonde Launch Dinner Sonde Launch at 8 + Weather briefing
22 Apr

Break

fast

Sonde Launches      every 3 hours Excursion Lunch + Sonde Launch
Excursion Dinner Weather Briefing
23 Apr

Break

fast

Gunilla Svenson:

Stable BL / diurnal cycle

Gunilla Svenson: 

GABLES Practical

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Anna Hogg: 

Introduction to remote sensing of the cryosphere

Anna Hogg:

Remote sensing exercise

Coffee

Anna Hogg:

Remote sensing exercise cont.

Dinner Weather Briefing
24 Apr

Break

fast

Gunilla Svensson: 

Clouds and Air mass transformation

Gunilla Svenson: 

Larcform

Lunch + Sonde Launch

Gunilla Svenson: 

Discussion of SCM exercises

Doug Smith: 

Polar mid-latitude linkages

Coffee

Doug Smith: 

Polar mid-latitude linkages

Dinner Weather briefing + Science Communication 3
25 Apr

Break

fast

Don Perovich: 

Sea ice 101

Don Perovich:

Melting ice and sleepless nights

Lunch

Ian Brooks: 

Air-sea exchange and turbulance

Ian Brooks: Turbulance Practical

Coffee

Ian Brooks:   Turbulance Practical

Dinner Weather briefing + Science Communication 4
26 Apr

Break

fast

Ian Brooks: 

Tower practical / Discussion

Practical: 

Analysing measurements made during the course

Lunch Summary of the weather in Abisko Coffee Final Discussion + assessment form Dinner Final evening social
27 Apr

Break

fast

Departure

 

Travel

The Abisko Scientific Research Station is located in northern Sweden, above the Polar circle. The closest airport is in Kiruna and we advise all participants to travel to Kiruna from where there are regular trains to Abisko. You can find information on train times and prices on the Swedish Railways website: www.sj.se/en/home.html#/

The Polar Prediction School 2018 will start on the evening of 17 April, so please make sure to plan arrival accordingly. The official programme will end on the evening of 26 April, but accommodation is booked for check-out on 27 April and breakfast will be served that morning. We advise leaving on April 27th.

Instructors

  • Ian Brooks (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Matthieu Chevallier (Météo France & CNRS, France)
  • Jonathan Day (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Doug Smith (MetOffice, United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Erik Kolstad (Uni Research / Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway)
  • Donald Perovich (Dartmouth College, United States)
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Anna Hogg (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Linus Magnusson (ECMWF, United Kingdom)
  • Jessica Rodhe (Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee)

Organizing Committee

  • Alice Bradley (Dartmough College, United States)
  • Ian Brooks (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
  • Luisa Cristini (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Jonathan Day (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Thomas Jung (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
  • Gunilla Svensson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Fiona Tummon (APECS Directorate Office / UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
  • Kirstin Werner (Alfred Wegener Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)

Sponsors

We want to thank the following projects and organisations for sponsoring the Polar Prediction School 2018!

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